AS Roma star set to emulate Liverpool icon with move to MLS – report

AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi could be set to follow in the footsteps of Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard with a move to Major League Soccer in the next couple of years.

De Rossi has two years left on his current Roma contract but has dropped a major hint that he could be prepared to end his career in MLS.

“In general I am a person who likes to travel, so I would’ve enjoyed an experience abroad and was close to that at some moments in my career,” he is quoted as saying by Football Italia.

“As a youngster Gerrard was really a reference point for me, an idol for what he did on the field, but above all off it.

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“I would like to end with the same dignity as Gerrard. I want to leave Roma when I am still strong and in good physical shape.”

It’s not the first time De Rossi has spoken about a move stateside as he praised American sports back in January and revealed he would like to live in the U.S.

De Rossi could even make the switch to MLS before his contract expires in two summers, and the 31-year-old midfielder has hinted that could happen.

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“I have a contract until 2017. You’d be surprised how quickly two years go by, but a lot could happen before then.

“When I realise that I am no longer that sharp, I will stop playing and think that I, like Gerrard, will receive a tribute from the fans.”

Would Daniele De Rossi be another great signing for MLS? Which club could he join?


Daniele De Rossi: “I want to end my career in MLS”

Daniele De Rossi wants to join the growing list of European superstars to cross the Atlantic in order to be a part of the ever-growing MLS.

The AS Roma midfielder has been with the Serie A club his whole career, making 471 appearances, and has represented the Italian National Team 106 times.

He has been highly regarded as one of the most talented defensive midfielders in world football for some time and he wants to experience playing in Major League Soccer before he hangs up his boots.

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“I like these sports, in European football we are at extremely high levels but they know their stuff too,” De Rossi told Roma TV.

“We must draw from American sports. They have a great organisation, a great relationship with their supporters.

“I’d like to end my career overseas. I want to live in America, and I hope I’ll be able to do that.”

Italian teammate Sebastian Giovinco will be joining Toronto FC this year, while Alessandro Nesta and Marco Di Vaio have also played in MLS with the Montreal Impact.

De Rossi’s current contract is set to expire in June 2017 and so he could move to MLS at that point of his career. He will be approaching 34 at that time and would still have a lot to offer any side.

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The introduction of Atlanta FC and Los Angeles FC in 2017 could be something that interests De Rossi and we could see the World Cup winner unveiled as a star signing in a couple of years.

He could join sooner, but he is likely to want to see out his contract with AS Roma after serving the club for 14 years.

Would Daniele De Rossi be a good signing for MLS? Which club could he join?