AS Roma chief Walter Sabatini remains confident over Daniele de Rossi staying with the Giallorossi.

De Rossi's contract situation is reaching the critical stage.

But Sabatini says: "Daniele is a player of Roma and will remain a player of Roma. It's more than a wish: he wants to renew his contract and the club wants to keep him.

"I am sure that the agreement will be reached."

Meanwhile, with some questioning the signing of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Sabatini added: "Maarten for us has been a primary goal, but we were not sure until we signed him.

"There were also others considered, like Romero and Kameni. We are pleased to have signed the Dutchman. He will leave a mark in the history of Roma."