Roma captain Daniele De Rossi to play final game against Parma after club announces exit

Daniele De Rossi levelled on the night for Roma
Image: Daniele De Rossi has made 615 appearances for AS Roma

AS Roma have announced that captain Daniele De Rossi will leave the club at the end of the season.

The former Italy international midfielder will bring an end to an 18-year career at Roma in the final Serie A match of the season against Parma on May 26.

Only Francesco Totti has played more matches in a Roma shirt than De Rossi, who will add to his 615 appearances before the season finishes.

The 2006 World Cup winner said at a press conference: "Roma and I chose each other. There is a lot of love between us, both now and in the future - even if it will be in another form.

"Don't bet against seeing me in with the fans at a few away games, having a sandwich and a beer and cheering on my friends.

"I realised the decision the club was going to take regarding myself. I'm almost 36 and I know how football is, but I didn't want to distract from our European race.

"I thank the directors for their offer - I respect it and appreciate it, but I still feel like a player.

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"Eventually I would like to be a coach. At this point, I don't see myself becoming a director, but at Roma a role like that would have some meaning. I need to go away and study, to learn - it will be a long journey."

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