AS Roma chief James Pallotta remains hopeful of keeping Daniele de Rossi.

The American businessman has replaced Thomas Di Benedetto as the most hands-on investor in the club and is taking part in contract renewal negotiations with De Rossi, whose deal expires in June.

"Totti and De Rossi really represent Roma before well, which is why we want to keep them for a long time. They are Roma, in my view," said the Bostonian.