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Manchester City’s January transfer dreams to land Italian playmaker Daniele De Rossi squashed by Roma president

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester City transfer target Daniele De Rossi will ‘absolutely not’ be sold in the January transfer window, according to Roma club president.

The 29-year-old midfielder has struggled to hold down a place under Roma boss Zdenek Zeman through injury and a change in the Serie A club’s style.

And with the Premier League champions heavily rumoured to be interested in luring the Italian to England, along with high-spending French outfit Paris St Germain, James Pallotta has dismissed any potential lucrative deals.

“We have absolutely no intention of selling De Rossi,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “We have not had any contact from anyone and we have not received any offers.

“It is just speculation.”

The Roma legend has been at the club for more than a decade, helping them to two Coppa Italias and finish Serie A runners up on five occasions – he also lifted the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

De Rossi agreed a five-year deal with Roma in February to make him Italy’s highest paid footballer on 10million Euros a year.

And with Roma struggling in the league this season, they currently sit sixth 12 points behind leaders Juventus, Pallotta is eager to hold onto key players and secure elite European football next season.

“We definitely intend to qualify for the Champions League,” he added. “If we don’t, we will be extremely unhappy.”

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