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De Rossi dismisses rumours of Arsenal switch

Italy internatioal Daniele De Rossi has dismissed reports that he is set to switch Roma for Arsenal following mounting speculation that the Gunners are set to table a big money bid for the hard tackling midfielder.

But De Rossi has told the media in Italy that he has no intention of leaving the club he supported as a child: "Arsenal? I have never heard anything," the midfielder said. "Roma have declared me untransferable, I want to stay only here. Things would change if they wanted to offload me but they have always wanted me."

"I was on holiday, I read certain figures and even I didn't know if it could be true, I told myself 'maybe this time they will really sell me," De Rossi added. "But the club always came out and declared that I was not for sale and that really pleased me. It's the only thing I want."

Fellow Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani has only been linked with a move to Premier League club Liverpool. De Rossi said that it could be a good move for his club and international teammate: "I don't know the details and I don't know if the deal is real," he added. "If it's as it's written in the papers, we will lose a great player."

"His many injuries have maybe meant that he's been forgotten about a bit, but I am sure that if he leaves we will regret it. He's a footballer with exceptional skill and above all he grew up in Roma's academy and has a love for this shirt that you cannot buy."

"But if you think about his career I think it would be a good opportunity, he would grow a lot by being close to the best midfielder in the world - Steven Gerrard."

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