Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has admitted that he would jump at the chance to play alongside Daniele De Rossi once again.
Italian veteran De Rossi has long stood as one of the most-recognisable figures in Serie A.
The 35-year-old has spent his entire career to date on the books of boyhood club AS Roma, after joining the Giallorossi’s youth setup as a talented youngster in 2000.
Last weekend, though, following 19 long, passion-filled years at the Stadio Olimpico, De Rossi took to the pitch for the final time in Roma’s colours.
After almost two decades personifying the Gladiator spirit at the heart of the capital outfit’s midfield, across over 600 appearances, it was confirmed earlier this month that the 2006 World Cup winner’s contract would not be renewed this summer.
Rome always salutes its greatest gladiators. ⚔️
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 27, 2019
‘It would be beautiful’
As such, this day next month, De Rossi is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.
The combative midfielder’s next move is, as of now, not known, though one individual who would love to see De Rossi try his hand in the Premier League is Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
Egyptian attacker Salah spent two seasons playing alongside the Roma legend in the Italian capital.
And, after lavishing praise on De Rossi as ‘one of the best’ players he has ever lined out alongside, Salah went on to admit that the chance to join forces with his former Giallorossi teammate at Anfield would be something ‘beautiful’:
‘He is a legend of the club and of Italian football, not just because he is a great friend of mine.’
‘I don’t know what to say. I saw the game and the affection of the fans who saluted him. He made many sacrifices for his team. I would like to thank him. He is one of the best of which I have played with. Good luck for the future.’
‘It would be beautiful. But I don’t know if it’s possible. It would be pleasing for me to play with him again. He is an optimal player.’
Quotes via Sky Italia