An iconic figure in the Italian capital, De Rossi has spent his entire career to date at Stadio Olimpico.
With Francesco Totti having departed and headed into retirement, the 34-year-old midfielder is now the longest-serving presence at his hometown club.
De Rossi did, however, only commit to a new two-year contract in May and admits that he considered taking on a new challenge as his previous deal ran down.
De Rossi told Corriere dello Sport on whether he now hopes to retire at Roma: “I don’t know. I always thought it’d be great if I could, with all due respect and the correct proportions, experience a day like the one Totti had on May 28 when he retired. It’d be wonderful to experience such an intense salute with the fans. I don’t know when and I don’t know how.
“At the same time, I do feel the strong desire to have an experience elsewhere. Frankly, 16 years at Roma is like 32 elsewhere, because they really weigh on you and are a tough slog. Thank God, I am physically having the best seasons of my career, but the pressure is often excessive here.
“I think I would, and ought to, have an experience elsewhere. I had already decided to do it last year, as for long periods there was no contact with the club over my renewal.
“It wasn’t too bad in my view: I was playing well, so would leave a happy memory. For a while, it was my plan to leave. The biggest offer on the table was from another Italian club.
“However, my heart and love won out: I couldn’t betray the city and the fans. If a big European or American club had come in – and it’s no secret one of my dreams is to go to America for a lifestyle and football experience – I probably wouldn’t be here today.”
De Rossi netted five times for Roma last season – his best return in seven years – and has remained a regular this term as his overall appearance tally continues to edge towards 600.