Daniele De Rossi becomes highest paid Italian after Roma extension - report

The Giallorossi star has leapfrogged Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as the Serie A's top Italian earner after penning a new long-term deal earlier this week

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Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has become Serie A's highest paid Italian player following his contract extension with the Giallorossi, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The Italy international inked a new deal with the Stadio Olimpico outfit until June 2017 earlier this week, and will earn £5.4 million under the terms of the agreement.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was the previous highest paid Italian in Serie A, currently is on an annual salary of £5m at the Bianconeri.

De Rossi is not the Italian league's top earner yet following his recent pay rise as AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns £7.5m per year plus €2.5m in bonuses.

Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder is believed to be on €5m per annum.

The 28-year-old De Rossi allegedly held talks with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi Makhachkala in the past few weeks, but turned down the chance to earn €10m per year abroad.