Veteran forward intends to respect contract with capital club.
Roma icon Francesco Totti has ruled out a move to the MLS in the near future, stating his intent to remain with his beloved Giallorossi.
Roma begin their pre-season tour of the USA and Canada in the coming days, with games scheduled against the MLS All-Stars, Toronto and Chelsea.
However, recent speculation has suggested that former Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio had been in contact with his compatriot, selling the possibility of moving to the MLS to him.
Totti, 36, showed no sign of slowing down last season though, benefiting from a strict pre-season schedule under former coach Zdenek Zeman which saw him look fitter than in previous years.
As a result, he has dismissed the idea of moving to the MLS in the more immediate future, and intends to respect his contract with Roma, with rumours suggesting a directorial role awaits him when he finally hangs up his boots.
“Could I follow Marco Di Vaio to the MLS? He made a lifestyle choice,” said Totti in a Press Conference as reported by Football Italia.
“I have a contract with Roma that I intend to respect and am focused solely on Roma. I can only speak highly of Di Vaio. He told me he’s very happy about moving to Canada.”
While Totti’s wait for further silverware looks to continue this season given the competition in Serie A and lack of European football, the star maintains his belief that the club can win something sooner rather than later under new coach Rudi Garcia.
“The club is trying to put together a squad that can compete at a high level,” added the captain.
“You win titles with strong players. We hope to compete at the highest level in Europe soon.”
Having brought in the likes of Morgan De Sanctis, Mehdi Benatia and Kevin Strootman this summer, Totti will hope that the club have enough within the squad to be able to compete alongside the other giants of Italian football.