Totti says De Rossi will always be his “brother”

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma gestures during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between AS Roma and FC Porto at Stadio Olimpico on February 12, 2019 in Rome. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma gestures during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between AS Roma and FC Porto at Stadio Olimpico on February 12, 2019 in Rome. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

The defensive midfielder is saying goodbye to Roma, the only team he has ever played since he became a professional in 2001.

For 18 years, Italian defensive midfielder Daniel De Rossi was a one-team man.

He played three years in the youth system of Ostia Mare, before being transferred to the Roma youngsters in 2000.

And one year later, he was playing his first professional match in the Italian Lega Serie A.

But now that’s over after the Italian footballer announced he’s leaving the club.

“Today’s a sad day,” former Italy national team teammate Francesco Totti said according to Football Italia.

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“Today, another important chapter in Roma’s history closes, but above all Rome… our Rome.”

“Over the years we’ve been through so much together. We’ve grown together, becoming men first, then footballers and eventually parents,” he added.

“But we knew this moment would come at some point. I just want to tell you that you have been and always will be my brother.”

“I wish you the best in everything you do… because I’m sure you’ll do them great, like everything you’ve done so far,” he continued.

“I love you, Dani.”

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