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De Rossi: I'd welcome Montella return

May 16, 2012
By ESPN staff

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi would be happy if former team-mate Vincenzo Montella were to return to the Stadio Olimpico hotseat.

Daniele De Rossi and Vincenzo Montella
PA PhotosDaniele De Rossi and Vincenzo Montella played together at Roma for eight years, before the latter retired in 2009

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Montella, 37, managed the Giallorossi on an interim basis last year before being released at the end of the 2010-11 season when the club's new owners decided to appoint Luis Enrique.

The former Italy striker then took the reins at Catania last summer and was one of a handful of Serie A coaches to survive the entire campaign, leading the Sicilian club to a respectable 11th-placed finish.

His success with Catania has led to conjecture that a return to Roma, where he spent a decade as a player before retiring, is now on the cards after Enrique's spell in the Italian capital came to an end earlier this month.

And De Rossi believes the appointment of a man he played alongside for club and country would be a good one for Roma.

"I would be delighted if Montella returned,'' De Rossi said. "I always thought he was a good coach and his experience in Catania has confirmed that.''