Arsenal, Spurs & Chelsea linked Mattia Destro declared 'off the market'

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AS Roma director of sport Walter Sabatini has declared that reported Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea target Mattia Destro is off the market.

Back in the summer, Roma president James Pallotta responded the questions over whether Mattia Destro would be sold with absolute certainty – he ‘100%’ wouldn’t.

The Giallorossi supremo’s statement brought to a close months of speculation about the 23-year-old’s future, assuring it would be in the Italian capital.

Rudi Garcia was said to have demanded the Italy international be kept, while the player himself indicated he intended to become a protagonist at the Stadio Olimpico.

The was one problem for Pallotta – the rumours never really stopped. Competing with Francesco Totti for minutes, Destro has come out with the short end of the stick.

The 38-year-old legend has been handed eight starts in Serie A so far as Destro has received five – though the latter is the Giallorossi’s top scorer with four goals.

And sitting behind Totti reportedly led the Inter youth product to consider a future away from the Eternal City, fueled comments he made on his lack of consistent action.

Linked with Chelsea and Tottenham over the summer and up to the present, Arsenal were also said to have entered the frame of late.

Arsene Wenger reportedly began to push for the former Siena star’s signature, though questions have over whether the Gunners truly need him at this point in time.

Destro responded positively to the rumours. He referred to them as ‘wonderful’ even – but in the sense that transfer talk validates the work he has done at Roma.

Now, the Giallorossi hierarchy has seen fit to slam the door on any chance of a January exit, much the same way Pallotta did in August.

“We’re happy with the roster we have, but we’re always monitoring,” director of sport Walter Sabatini told TV programme Il Processo del Lunedi.

“Destro is off the market as far as we are concerned, we consider him a top player and therefore he won’t leave.”

As the key man behind Roma’s transfer market dealings, Sabatini was instrumental in bringing Destro to the club in the summer of 2012 to replace Fabio Borini.

The club are certainly well aware that while Totti continues to inspire, Destro is the future of their attack and they would be remiss to sell him.

“Totti? We’ll keep him with us until he doesn’t feel like representing the shirt anymore,” Sabatini added.

In all likelihood Destro’s role in Garcia’s side will grow greater with time as Totti becomes more limited by age, the coach keen to have the 23-year-old bide his time.

If Sabatini’s declaration is anything to go by Destro won’t be on his way to English shores any time in the near future, as Roma look keen to get the full return on his potential.

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