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Alberto and Daniele De Rossi on Roma 'love'

Daniele is not the only long-serving De Rossi on AS Roma's books – UEFA.com hears from the midfielder and his father Alberto, coach of the club's UEFA Youth League side.

The De Rossi passion for Roma
The De Rossi passion for Roma

De Rossi is a name synonymous with AS Roma, and not just because of their bearded, home-grown midfielder. While Daniele has been a permanent fixture in the Giallorossi first team for over a decade, having risen through the ranks, his father Alberto has been associated with the Serie A club for even longer – 21 years in fact.

"It means everything to me; I have always had strong feelings for the team and the club," Alberto, coach of Roma's Under-21 and UEFA Youth League squads, told UEFA.com. "It is my place of work and it is also the work place of my son. It is just a very important part of my life."

What has kept the Rome-born De Rossis – and the capital outfit's talismanic No10 Francesco Totti – at the Stadio Olimpico for so long is, according to Alberto, their "passion" for the three-time Italian champions. "There is nothing else," he explained. "It's natural for us to play and coach at Roma. It's a sentimental choice, if you want to call it that, dictated by the heart but also by the head."

Daniele De Rossi is Roma to the core
Daniele De Rossi is Roma to the core©AFP/Getty Images

Daniele, 31, has made over 350 Serie A appearances for Roma since his league debut in January 2003. He is a one-club man, a stalwart; something which the player himself says is an "exception" in the game today. "At certain times there was a slight possibility of [me] leaving, but deep down we share a love for this club and that's what keeps us going," said the Italian international.

Watch the video above to hear more from Alberto and Daniele De Rossi.