Roma's De Rossi: No problem with Luis Enrique after Atalanta omission

The midfielder, who recently signed a new contract with the Giallrossi, was reportedly dropped from the squad for the game in Bergamo for turning up late for a team meeting
Roma's Daniele De Rossi has insisted that that he has no problem with coach Luis Enrique's decision to axe him for last weekend's Serie A clash with Atalanta - even though it has been claimed that the midfielder described it as "crazy".

The Italy international was left out of the the Giallorossi squad for the game in Bergamo amidst reports that he had turned up late for a team meeting.

The Corriere dello Sport is now alleging that De Rossi was left utterly bemused by his omission and sent a text to former Roma team-mate Christian Panucci saying: "This is crazy!"

However, after linking up with the Azzurri for Wednesday's friendly against USA, the 28-year-old insisted that he could understand and appreciate just why he had been banished him to the stands.

"Did I have to apologise? No. How did it go? My coach said that things remain in the dressing room and I will follow this line," De Rossi told reporters at Coverciano on Monday.

"But there is nothing to hide: I am part of a group in which all are treated equally.

"I have always spoken highly of Luis Enrique and I will continue to do so. He is a good person and I like that everyone is equal in his eyes.

"Of course, Sunday was not a positive, but what I want to say is that there has been no quarrel; I was just a bit inattentive.

"The coach has made ​​his decision and I trust him, but now we must concentrate on the upcoming games, which are very important.

"We have the derby match [this weekend] but also other some other crucial games in terms of our season."

De Rossi was heavily linked with a move away from Roma at the end of the season but the 28-year-old recently penned a bumper new deal with the club, claiming at the time that Luis Enrique had played a key role in his decision to extend his contract with the Roman outfit.

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