Prandelli advocates De Rossi move

Italy: The 29-year-old Roma midfielder has been the subject of interest from Chelsea and the Italy head coach believes a summer switch would benefit his progress as a player.

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli thinks Daniele De Rossi should leave Roma at the end of the season as it would present a new test in his career.

The 29-year-old has spent his entire career with Giallorossi, but strong rumours of interest from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea could sway De Rossi to leave the club he adores.

Prandelli says a move elsewhere would be a good thing for the midfielder`s development.

"Maybe leaving Roma would be a defeat on a personal level for Daniele De Rossi, but professionally I believe it would be a good thing," Prandelli told RAI.

De Rossi has made over 400 appearances for Roma, scoring 47 goals since his debut in 2001. He has won two Coppa Italia`s in his time at the club, as well as the 2006 World Cup with Italy.

Prandelli also spoke about Mario Balotelli, saying that people`s perceptions of the AC Milan striker are not always correct.

He added: "It`s not up to him to be more mature but people see him with different eyes. Mario has always been ready. He was born ready."