De Rossi reveals Prem interest

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Daniele De Rossi is not ruling out making a move to the Premier League in the future
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Daniele De Rossi is not ruling out making a move to the Premier League in the future

Daniele De Rossi has admitted he is attracted by the Barclays Premier League ahead of Italy's European Championship clash with England.

De Rossi, who signed a new five-year contract with Roma in February, appeared to reignite speculation about his future on Wednesday when he claimed English football was "more interesting" than its Italian counterpart.

The midfielder has previously been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United and claimed he had received several offers to defect to the Premier League. He said: "I have received many offers from English football. And I must say that I feel attraction for it."

He added: "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 versatility makes him particularly attractive for potential suitors, with the 28-year-old having played both in defence and midfield for club and country this season.

He admitted he preferred the midfield anchor role, a position that would put him in direct confrontation with his "idol" in Sunday's quarter-final.

De Rossi revealed he dreamt of playing more like England captain Gerrard, who has shone for the Three Lions during Euro 2012.

He said: "Steven Gerrard has always been my idol. Since 10 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."

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