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Combative Italian set for City?

If contract talks break down, De Rossi is ready to consider a move abroad

Roma’s Daniele De Rossi is a transfer target for Manchester City, should the 28 year olds contract talks break down. (Daily Mail)

Rumour has it that the midfielder is aggravated at the lack of progress in negotiations, with just one year remaining on the Italian’s contract.

A world cup winner in 2006, De Rossi has long been coveted by Europe’s finest, with Roma director Bruno Conti earlier this week claiming that the capital club previously turned down a £60 million bid for the Italian from Chelsea.

While many expect De Rossi to thrash out a deal with Roma, if talks do break down the player is now open to the prospect of a move abroad.

Roberto Mancini has pre-empted any such breakdown, opening the door to a possible move to City next summer by stating, ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays in Rome, but if he doesn’t sign, City will be ready.’

Mancini went on to clarify that he would expect competition for the combative midfielder, ‘if one day De Rossi is on the market, Manchester City will try – like Real Madrid, Chelsea and all the big clubs.’

De Rossi himself has kept a philosophical, if slightly frustrated outlook on the ongoing proceedings, with the Italian quoted as saying, ‘Things are at a standstill. There’s no hectic rush to get things sorted, but it is a little frustrating to be getting to January like this.’

‘If I was to leave Roma then my first choice would be to go and play football abroad. But if such a move couldn’t be agreed then I’d have to look to Italy. I couldn’t just quit football.’

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