Talismanic skipper will be staying.
Veteran attacker Francesco Totti looks as though he will be staying with Roma after all as the club confirmed that they will be offering him a new contract to stay in the Italian capital, Sky Sports reports.
The 36-year-old is currently entering the final year of his deal at the Stadio Olympico and had been linked with several big money moves to the United States and the Middle East this summer.
However, it now looks as though the talisman’s future is secure in Rome after the club’s president, James Pallotta, signalled the Giallorossi’s intentions to keep him there until he decides to finally hang up his boots.
“We are going to talk to Francesco about a new deal,” Pallotta told reporters in the USA. “We want to build his future with Roma for the coming years”.
Totti first made his debut for the club back in 1992 and has since gone on to make just under 700 appearances, scoring 282 goals in the process. Now firmly in the twilight of his career, he confirmed that he feels he still has something to give the side and has a desire to achieve more success before he retires, thus refuting rumours he was on his was to join an MLS club.
“I’m focused solely on Roma. The club is trying to put together a squad that can compete at a high level.
“You win titles with strong players. We hope to compete at the highest level in Europe soon.”
And his president has also set out his aims for 2013/14 as Pallotta continued: “Our aim is not just getting a Champions League place but becoming number one.”