De Rossi has again been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has revealed that he isn’t happy with some of the things said about him in the Italian capital.
The Italy international has been an ever present for the Giallorossi since his debut back in 2001, and has been a loyal servant of the club ever since.
Despite being linked with some of the top clubs around Europe and having failed to secure regular silverware, the combative midfielder has remained with his boyhood club as they look toward a new era under new ownership.
However, the 29-year-old has claimed he isn’t enjoying some of things he hears off the pitch, with some of the criticism surrounding him questioning his inability to perform for club as well as he does for his country.
“When I come to the national team I am considered an important player,” he told La Repubblica.
“But in Rome I have to be careful how I move and what I say. There have been some shameful slanders directed towards me. There are a lot of lies in Rome. I do not know where they come from, but I have learnt to live with it.
“It’s more than the lack of European competition that bothers me. There have been some crazy rumours in the past, but you have to deny them.
“I’m not saying this affects my performance – you have to be clear-headed.
“I reject the notion that I play well for the national team and not for Roma, I prepare for both equally well.”
Both Real Madrid and Chelsea have been linked with a move this summer, with Jose Mourinho hopeful of bolstering his midfielder with the arrival of the Italian.
Meanwhile, speculation continues to suggest that Carlo Ancelotti will replace the Portuguese tactician in Madrid, and he has been reported as targeting De Rossi as his first signing.
With Roma appointing new manager Rudi Garcia on Monday, they will be hopeful that one of the mainstays of their squad will decide to continue his adventure in the Eternal City. However, it remains to be seen whether De Rossi will finally decide to try his luck elsewhere.