Former Italian international outlines passion for boyhood club.
Roma captain Francesco Totti has revealed that he hopes to agree on a new deal to extend his stay with the club beyond this season.
Speaking after the Giallorossi’s 3-1 win over the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday, the 36-year-old revealed his desire he continue his journey with the club by outlining the passion that he still has for playing at the Stadio Olimpico.
Having received offers from abroad throughout his illustrious career, the World Cup winner has remained loyal to the club he grew up supporting and intends on holding talks to extend his playing days beyond the end of this season.
“I’ve always been a fan of Roma and to be able to wear the jersey is the thrill of my life. Aside from the loyalty that I have shown, what prompted me to stay here was the passion and love that I have for the club,” he is quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Totti caused controversy last month when he announced at the official unveiling of the club’s new kit that this would “be his last”. However, he has moved to clarify that statement and believes that he will play on for a few more years in Rome.
“This is the last jersey I wear? I was just kidding, but the contract is running out. If I had another two or three years of my contract I would not have said those words,” he added.
While it is apparent that his intention is to continue playing for the capital club, he will be desperate to add more silverware to his trophy cabinet before he retires.
With competition fierce in Serie A and no European football to be played at the Olimpico this season aside from Lazio’s participation in the Europa League, Totti’s most realistic prospect of a trophy will disappointingly be the Coppa Italia.