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Agent: Aquilani staying with Roma

The agent of Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani has rejected talk of a swap involving Palermo defender Andrea Barzagli.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini said: "I believe Aquilani can be an important figure in our midfield. We have to think about the future after Eugenio Corini and he would an ideal young solution."

Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia said: "Zamparini is a person who really knows football, so the fact he has praised Aquilani is obviously flattering.

"But that is all there is to it. Roma have no intention of selling Aquilani and Alberto has no intention of leaving his city."

Like teammates Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, Aquilani is a Romanista born and bred who hopes to spend his entire career with his hometown club.

"He has a contract until 2010 and wants to win something with this side. Besides, as already mentioned, Roma have no desire to release him."

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