Daniele de Rossi English lessons fuel Manchester City transfer speculation
Thursday 05 January 2012
Roma’s hopes of hanging
onto Daniele de Rossi have been dealt a blow with the revelation that the midfielder
has been learning English.
De Rossi made the admission while practicing his language skills on a teacher at his daughter’s school, who coincidentally is a former Manchester United scout.
The fact that the Italy international has been having language lessons would seem to quash the theory that he would never consider leaving his boyhood club and will come as a serious setback to the Roma directors who are desperate to hang on to their vice-captain.
Roberto Mancini has described him as “the perfect fit for Man City” and is reportedly lining him up to plug the big gap in midfield that will be left by Yaya Toure’s departure to the African Cup of Nations.
De Rossi is out of contract in the summer and his club may be forced to cash in on him if he refuses their latest offer, a slightly desperate £5m-a-season deal, which even includes a £21m release clause allowing him to leave if he changes his mind.
Whatever the outcome of this protracted saga, the midfielder's commitment to learning the language is rather more impressive than that of his fellow countryman, Fabio Capello, who famously claimed to be able to do his job with just 100 English words.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs Manchester United player ratings: Match-winner Eden Hazard leads the way, but Radamel Falcao endures game to forget
Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0: Eight things we learnt as Blues step closer to the Premier League title
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Where are the tickets for the fight?
Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho plays down news signings Nathan and Yoshinori Muto but talks up Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta needs 'five minutes' to sign new contract and remain with the Gunners
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling