Roma claim negotiations with Manchester City regarding Daniele De Rossi "never really started" despite speculation lasting all summer that the midfielder would move to Eastlands.
De Rossi, 29, recently held a press conference at which he committed his future to his hometown club after a serious offer from the Premier League champions.
Speaking to Sky Italia, Roma's chief operating officer Claudio Fenucci said: "Serious talks never really started and in reality we didn't spend a lot of time listening to offers. There was no real conviction from us to do a deal as before selling him we would have thought long and hard about it.
"We heard what their offer was, but, I repeat, negotiations didn't begin. De Rossi is a different kind of player to everyone else because of his characteristics, for what he can offer us in the future."