It is a well-known fact that Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid are on the hunt for a hard-working central midfielder, to play alongside Xabi Alonso in the heart of the park. Despite possessing the likes of Sami Khedira, Fernando Gago and Lassana Diarra, Mourinho is reportedly unconvinced by the trioís recent performances, resulting in the search for yet another world-class addition to the squad.
Real have been linked closely to Arsenalís Cesc Fabregas and Bayern Munichís Bastian Schweinsteiger more recently, however it has been their long-term admiration for AS Roma star Daniele De Rossi, which continues to attract the most attention.
De Rossi, who has been with Roma since the age of 17, has forever been touted as ëIl Capitano Futuroí (the future captain), and for this reason and more, he is not the man to solve Mourinhoís problems in midfield. Despite being valued at Ä25m, meaning he is the cheapest of the clubís three options at present, here are the reasons why Real Madrid should look elsewhere in the summer transfer window:
1. De Rossi is not the man they require for the big stage
Whilst Roma may be regarded as one of Italyís best, De Rossi is yet to win a major piece of silverware in his time at club level. Two Coppa Italia titles and a couple of quarter finals appearances in the Champions League is all he has to show for his time thus far, facts that will not work in his favour. Ultimately, winning the Champions League is Mourinhoís goal at Madrid, and so he will want a new recruit to have some experience in the latter stages of that competition (you can buy Champions League tickets at TixDaq).
2. Real shouldnít waste their time, as De Rossi is tied to Roma for life
Similar to their pursuits for the current Roma skipper Francesco Totti over the past five or six years, luring ëIl Capitano Futuroí away from the Olimpico will be a near impossible task. Despite his poor recent form, De Rossi is one of the clubís most prized assets, and they will therefore do everything within their power to keep hold of him. Additionally his father Alberto, who is coach of the Giallorossiís youth team, recently confirmed that his son will never leave the Italian capital.
3. De Rossiís inconsistency and temper this season
No one can question the fact that the 27-year-old plays with his heart on his sleeve every time he takes to the pitch. He is evidently very passionate about playing for Roma, however unfortunately this sometimes is his downfall. In just 23 league appearances this season, De Rossi has picked up seven yellow cards and been sent off once. Also, he has been often outplayed and outsmarted by a number of opposing midfields in Serie A this season, causing his reputation as one of the worldís best to diminish in 2010-11.
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