Daniele De Rossi admits he dreams of becoming Roma coach, is disappointed at another Stadio della Roma flop and has advice for Lorenzo Pellegrini.
The retired player is eager to get his coaching career started, but rejected some proposals because he is waiting for the right opportunity.
“I feel ready for this new challenge, I am really determined and won’t ask myself if I will start with a small or big club, although I doubt a really big club will ask me, as everyone needs to have their career path,” said De Rossi.
“There are few like Andrea Pirlo who can begin right at the top. The interest around me is pleasing, even if nobody can put me on the bench now.
“Naturally, Roma would be the dream, but I try not to talk about Roma, because I know that my words are given a certain weight. I know that I will always exist in the Roma world, but today I am effectively their ex-player, so I try to stay out of it.”
That doesn’t mean De Rossi won’t give some advice to Pellegrini, who was criticised for wishing Lazio striker Ciro Immobile a happy birthday on social media.
It prompted some Giallorossi ultras to put up a banner declaring he is ‘not our captain.’
“If I want to send a message to a friend of mine who plays for Lazio, I either call him on the telephone or do it privately.
“That’s not to say that putting up a photo of them together was wrong, but rather it’s best to avoid anyone getting offended, especially only a few days after losing the derby.
“For example, I did the same thing when Immobile had his birthday or Giampaolo Pinzi, who is like a brother to me. We need to be smart to avoid unnecessary trouble.”
De Rossi is also not happy with the decision to pull out of the Tor di Valle project to build a new stadium for Roma.
“I cannot comment on what was behind the choices, but I will say that I participated in two presentations of new stadium projects, one with the Sensi Presidency, one with Pallotta, and both times I really hoped it would happen.
“It’s a pity, because a new stadium would’ve lit a touchpaper for Italian football.”