Former Roma and England boss wishes Di Rossi had made Premier League switch.
Former Roma coach Fabio Capello has said that Roma midfielder Daniele Di Rossi should have joined Manchester United this summer Football Italia.
The Italian international’s future at the Stadio Olympico had been cast into doubt this summer after reports of a move to Chelsea surfaced, however, no offer was put on the table, though it is believed he met with Old Trafford officials to discuss terms of a potential move to the northwest.
And Capello, who had previously coached the 30-year-old, said that he should have pushed for the move more fervently.
“Had I been in the shoes of De Rossi then I would have joined Manchester United,” he said.
“I would have wanted to go to a club where the ambition is very high.
“A few months ago [Manchester United boss] David Moyes asked me for an opinion of the player, an opinion which was positive.”
The Giallorossi opted to keep the World Cup winner in the end, and Capello believes he has been one of the club’s success stories of the season so far.
“Roma have had a competitive squad for the last three years, but, for one reason or another, they haven’t been able to express themselves,” the Russia boss added.
“Coach Rudi Garcia, despite having a weaker squad on paper, has given the team some pride. They are now helping each other on the pitch.”
And the 67-year-old, who spent five years in the Roma hot seat before taking over at Juventus in 2005, revealed that he is still a wanted man in the capital.
“I was contacted by Roma and by other important clubs during last season, but I was under contract to Russia,” he explained.
“The Scudetto? Juventus are still the side to beat, but I see that Napoli are in the race too.”