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Roma midfielder De Rossi: Yes, I earn €6.5m a season

AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi says he deserves to be the highest paid in the country.

The Italy international is currently earning €6.5m per season at Roma - the most in the Italian game.

"Yes, I'm the highest paid player in Serie A," he told La Repubblica. "Yes, I earn €6.5m a season.

"And according to fans I should feel ashamed if I don't play well - as if I might go on to the pitch and not feel up for it.

"If a singer turns up in a Jaguar it's cool. If a player does it it's a bad thing.

"I've never delayed signing a contract extension. But there is a market and there is a value to each player.

"I haven't stolen anything.

"If Madonna earns a lot of money it's seen as a good thing, but a footballer shouldn't?

"I've always done my best for Roma. I'm proud to play here.

"Under Zeman, when I was not playing, I didn't cause any controversy. I'm proud of that."

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