Roma captain Francesco Totti wished Daniele De Rossi a happy 30th birthday on Thursday, but added in a small request to go along with the birthday wish as well. Totti asked the 30-year-old midfielder to stay at Roma this season so that they could win something special together, reports the Daily Star.
“Best wishes for turning 30 Daniele, even though you are getting old now and are practically finished,” said Totti to Roma TV, as translated by the Daily Star.
“It will be best if you give us a present rather than the other way around, so stay here at Roma and we will win something beautiful together.”
The Roma captain was recorded on Roma TV wishing his friend a happy birthday through the station along with other players, but asked his friend to stay at the Italian club. Roma was purchased by American owners in 2011, including Joseph Tacopina, who is part of the Rome-based club’s ownership group, and the group is reportedly set to let De Rossi leave so the club can get rid of the midfielder’s current wage bill.
De Rossi appeared in only 25 matches for the Serie A side last season, being held scoreless and contributing only three assists to the club, but is still considered one of the best players at the club.
The 30-year-old defensive midfielder has reportedly been pursued by many top clubs in Europe this summer, including PSG, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Fiorentina, and current favorites Chelsea.
If the Italian decides to leave the Rome outfit for Stamford Bridge, it would be Jose Mourinho’s fifth signing of the summer, having already secured the signings of midfielder Marco van Ginkel, attacker Andre Schurrle, goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, and left-back Christian Cuevas, who signed from Chilean side O’Higgins just a few days ago.