Last Updated: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:23
Chelsea's hopes of signing Daniele De Rossi have been hit by the news Roma coach Rudi Garcia insists he has no intention of selling.
De Rossi has been heavily linked with a move away from the Italian capital this summer, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho known to be in the hunt for his services.
The 29-year-old was not included in the squad for Roma's summer training camp in Riscone, fuelling speculation over an imminent departure, however, Garcia is determined to keep hold of one of his star men.
"He is a great player and surely it's better to have him with us than to see him leave," said Garcia, who took the reins at the Stadio Olimpico last month.
Mourinho has failed with two previous attempts to sign De Rossi and it looks as though he could struggle to lure him away from Serie A this summer too.
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