Roma coach Rudi Garcia has once again been effusive in his praise for Daniele De Rossi about how he turned down a move to Manchester United in the summer.
Garcia revealed back in October how he and De Rossi had set a deadline for any potential move and that United’s interest came too late. However, it was a lot closer than most would have actually imagined.
“Daniele is an immense player, he is a Roman”, Garcia told France Football.
“I was told that it has been complicated for him for two years and that he was a little uncertain. He was planning to leave.
“I told him the place to be was here, but that I did understand him. Together we set a deadline after which he would no longer leave.
“As soon as this deadline had passed, Manchester United contacted the club and the player.
“Daniele said: ‘No, I gave my word, I won’t move’. Now that’s class!
“The type of man for whom a given word is still worth something.
“When he scored against Livorno he came to celebrate his goal with the entire substitutes’ bench.”
By the sounds of it, if we had approached De Rossi a day or two earlier then we would have been able to sign him.
Of course, David Moyes and Ed Woodward would have been blissfully unaware of this date as it would have been kept internal, so it was just a case of terrible timing that stopped De Rossi from moving to Old Trafford. It looks like United had no luck as well as no clue what to do in the summer.
De Rossi was never likely to be a first choice which is why United went in too late but Woodward and Moyes need to learn from that to make sure they don’t make the same mistake again about leaving it to the last minute to sign important players.
In one of the most critical transfer windows in recent times, Moyes has to be swift and decisive if he wants to land the players he feels will be able to really add to United’s squad and help us challenge on all fronts.