Roma deny De Rossi report

Roma have issued a statement ‘distancing’ themselves from a report that claimed Daniele De Rossi wanted Francesco Totti out of the club.

Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica cited a leaked email from ex-Roma fitness coach Ed Lippie, which told a story of chaos at the Olimpico back in December of last year.

It would have also explained why De Rossi came across as frosty in his assessment of the club’s board during his farewell Press conference.

However, the Giallorossi hit back on their official website: “AS Roma would like to distance itself from the report printed in the pages of today’s Repubblica newspaper.

“Contrary to the club’s usual policy, which is not to comment on rumours and claims printed in the media, in order to protect the individuals mentioned in the report the club would like to reiterate that it is irresponsible to present opinions expressed by – and reported to – third parties as statements of fact, in order to present a misleading picture that is entirely separated from reality.”