Italian veteran not ready to hang up his boots just yet.
Talismanic Roma captain, Francesco Totti, has expressed his desire to earn a new contract with the Serie A at the age of 36, Sky Sports reports.
Totti is celebrating his 20th year at the club having made his debut as a substitute in a game against Brescia and he wants to keep that run going by committing his future to the club.
Roma’s record appearance holder and goal scorer with 281 in 668, he was given a warm reminder of how valuable he’s been to Italian football in a letter from his former international teammate, Gianluigi Buffon.
“Dear Francesco, you have made history in Italian football,” Buffon wrote. “Twenty years in Serie A, what an achievement… I still have the image of your first goal in my mind, it was a Roma-Foggia tie. We’re friends, you know how much I care about you. We started together with the Under-15 side, we had some splendid years together in the national team and we continue to meet as opponents in Serie A.
“You not only wrote football history, you are writing its present and its near future.”
Totti has just under 18 months left on his current deal and has remained loyal to Roma throughout his career. Upon reminiscing about his previous contract wranglings, the Worlc Cup winner said; ”Had I gone to Genoa then I would never have come back to Roma. Then, before my penultimate renewal, I had decided to join Real Madrid. Then my contract and some personal issues pushed me to stay here and I have never had any regrets about that.”
A move to the MLS was mooted, but Totti has indicated that he isn’t interested just yet; ”Me, move to the MLS like Beckham? In the future, perhaps. As always, I’m only thinking of Roma now”