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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
De Rossi: I'm not joining Man City

ESPN staff

Daniele De Rossi has confirmed at press conference he will be staying at Roma and not moving to Manchester City.

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De Rossi, 29, spoke of his devotion to his hometown club, leaving little doubt as to where his future lies after a second consecutive summer linking him with long-time admirer Roberto Mancini and the Premier League champions.

He said: "I'm staying here. I'm happy here and I have never, never, asked to leave. People have written all sorts of things, about me, about Mancini. Some of it makes me laugh. Some of it makes me angry. I decided to talk today, but it wasn't my intention to talk about an offer from Manchester City.

"This is a normal press conference for me, not the announcement of the Third World War. I can swear to you one thing: if I ever think about leaving, I'll come here in front of these microphones and speak, like a 30 year-old-man should do.

"I always told the truth, even when we were talking about money, never hiding anything. For me it's important to say my piece. I am here at Roma, I'm happy and never asked to leave."

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