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The Spanish tactician is hopeful that the Italy international will remain with the Roman club for the upcoming season and hails him as one of the best players in the world

Roma coach Luis Enrique has maintained the club's stance that Daniele De Rossi will not be sold in the summer, and has expressed the importance of the midfielder in his team.

Last week the Italian club’s new owner Thomas DiBenedetto and director of sport Walter Sabatini dismissed reports that De Rossi could be allowed to leave in the coming weeks, with the player previously linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea.

The 27-year-old’s current contract with Roma expires at the end of the 2011-12 season and an agreement over an extension has not yet been reached.

Luis Enrique, who was appointed in charge at Romaonly last month, has  backed his bosses’ comments, and told reporters: “He is one of the most important players around, not only at Roma, but in Italy and the world. For me he is fundamental, a key element.

“I already knew him as a player, but I like him even more now that I know him as a person. It’s nice to see his hunger to win, but also how he listens. He works with humility to place himself at the disposal of the squad. I hope he feels a part of this project.”

De Rossi progressed through Roma’s youth academy and made his first team debut for them in 2001. He has since established himself as one of the integral players at the club, making over 240 Serie A appearances for the former Italian champions.

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