DEPARTED Roma captain Daniele De Rossi is reportedly set to join Boca Juniors after speaking to boss Nicolas Burdisso.
The skipper’s exit from the Serie A side triggered angry protests as hundreds of fans marched to the club offices to demand the legend be offered a new deal.
And Marca insists that De Rossi, 35, spoke to former Roma team-mate Burdisso about his admiration of Argentinian giants Boca, who count Diego Maradona among their former stars.
He reportedly said: “I couldn’t end my career without playing at Boca.”
Supporters were angered that De Rossi was not offered the chance to renew his contract.
And the timing of the announcement, two weeks before the end of the season and only one day after the World Cup winner was told, was also criticised.
Coach Claudio Ranieri – who left at the end of the season – said he would have chosen to keep the midfielder.
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While the ace himself said: “If I were a director, I would have offered me a new contract.”
De Rossi played 616 games at Roma during an 18-year career.
The Italian midfielder also managed an impressive 117 international caps – lifting the World Cup in 2006.
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