As he prepares for Italy's EURO 2012 clash with England, Daniele De Rossi has admitted he is attracted by the prospect of playing in the English Premier League.
De Rossi, who signed a new five-year contract with Roma in February, has appeared to reignite speculation about his future by claiming English football is "more interesting" than its Italian counterpart.
The midfielder has previously been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United and claimed he has received several offers to defect to the Premier League.
He said: "I have received many offers from English football. And I must say that I feel attraction for it.
"I like English football very much. I think now it's probably more interesting than Italian football.
"There are lots of outstanding and talented players, as is the case for
De Rossi's versatility makes him particularly attractive for potential suitors, with the 28-year-old having played both in defence and midfield for club and country this season.
He admitted he preferred the midfield anchor role, a position that would put him in direct confrontation with his "idol" in Sunday's (Monday morning AEST) quarter-final.
De Rossi revealed he dreamt of playing more like England captain Gerrard, who has shone for the Three Lions during EURO
He said: "
"You see Gerrard defending and attacking here and there. I would like to be able to play more like that."
The City striker is notorious for testing the patience of managers and team-mates alike.
De Rossi could not have summed up the mixed feelings towards the Manchester City forward better today as Balotelli's name once again dominated another press conference.
Asked about the "scandals" that have dogged Balotelli since his move to
"I don't know if he's bothered, or maybe he is just feeding them too much.
"Of course, sometimes, he commits some mistakes off the pitch. But it's his responsibility.
"He simply has to accept the manager's decision."
"I have a chance to play in a game that, only a couple of years ago, I could only dream of playing on the PlayStation," he said.
"I never gave up hope and I've worked hard for it.
"I will do everything that I can to help my team progress to the next round."
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