New AS Roma co-owner James Pallotta believes he has managed to convince Daniele De Rossi to remain at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Italian international has been linked with a move to Manchester City after failing to agree a new long-term contract with the club.
Roma are working vigorously to tie him down to a new deal, with the Citizens ready to swoop this month if talks break down.
However, Pallotta claims the 28-year-old is close to signing a contract extension and has called on the combative midfielder to stay true to his roots and remain in the Italian capital.
"De Rossi? I think we are closer to him signing after a short conversation we had the other day," Pallotta told Roma Channel.
"De Rossi and [Francesco] Totti have made me understand how much they love Roma.
"For this reason we want to keep them as long as possible. For me, they are Roma."
By Ben McAleer