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Italy star Daniele De Rossi alerts Manchester City and United after admitting Premier League ‘attraction’

By Dean Wilkins

Versatile Italy star Daniele De Rossi is on the radar of Manchester City and United after admitting his is attracted by the Premier League.

The 28-year-old midfielder reignited the clubs’ attention by claiming England was ‘more interesting’ than the Serie A.

De Rossi agreed a five-year extension with Roma in February but claimed that several Premier League clubs had made attempts to sign him.

He said: “I have received many offers from English football. And I must say that I feel attraction for it.

“I like English football very much. I think now it’s probably more interesting than Italian football.

“There are lots of outstanding and talented players, as is the case for Spain as well.”

De Rossi’s plays comfortably for club and country in defence and midfield and confessed he preferred the midfield anchor role.

On Sunday Italy play England in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals and he will face his ‘idol’ in the opposite role.

He said: “Steven Gerrard has always been my idol. Since ten years ago, he is among the best in the world.

“You see Gerrard defending and attacking here and there. I would like to be able to play more like that.”

Cesare Prandelli is facing a tough decision whether to allow Mario Balotelli to face England after the youngster tested his manager’s and teammate’s patience again.

Balotelli was the dominate figure in another press conference as he posed a distraction to the team after his aggressive attitude directed towards the bench during a victory over Ireland.

When questioned about ‘scandals’ that marred Balotelli’s last season, De Rossi said: “Mario and his tabloids issue? Ask him.

“I don’t know if he’s bothered, or maybe he is just feeding them too much.

“Of course, sometimes, he commits some mistakes off the pitch. But it’s his responsibility.

“He simply has to accept the manager’s decision.”

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