James Pallotta has paid tribute to the departing skipper Daniele De Rossi, describing the midfielder as the heartbeat of Roma’s team.
The midfielder was born in the Italian capital and came through the Giallorossi’s youth system, before making his first-team debut in 2001.
He has gone on to play 615 times for the Lupi, winning two Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa, and replaced Francesco Totti as their full-time captain.
Daniele De Rossi, Romanista. 💛🐺❤️ pic.twitter.com/AXSvYgwMWB
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Roma announced on Tuesday morning that De Rossi would leave the club at the end of the season, and Pallotta paid tribute to the 35-year-old, promising the Giallorossi’s doors would always ‘remain open’ for him.
“For 18 years, Daniele has been the beating heart of AS Roma’s team,” the President told his club’s official website.
“From his debut in 2001 to taking on the responsibility of the captain’s armband, he always represented the Roma fans on the pitch with pride as he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career – even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome.
“On behalf of everyone at Roma, I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”