Daniele De Rossi’s ex-wife has advised the under-fire star to “take the money and leave, but he loves Roma too much.”
The midfielder is nicknamed ‘Future Captain’ and is a life-long Giallorossi supporter, but reports of a transfer escalated after his red card in the derby and clashes with Coach Zdenek Zeman.
“As his wife, then as his ex-wife, I always told him to take the money and leave,” Tamara Pisnoli told RTL 102.5 radio.
“However, he always replied that he is attached to this jersey, to the team and his city, so could not do that to the fans. Only now he sees those same fans turning against him.
“Gratitude doesn’t exist in football, as they all say that Daniele is playing badly without adding that the entire team is not exactly doing well.”
De Rossi has been heavily linked with bids by PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City, but his ex-wife doubts he’ll ever leave his home town.
“Has he lost his desire to stay with Roma? No, unfortunately. He loves Roma and the fans too much.”
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