World Cup winner may call time on illustrious career next summer.
Roma legend Francesco Totti has revealed that he may retire at the end of the season, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 36-year-old was speaking at the official unveiling of the Giallorossi’s new kit, but shocked many with his comments regarding his future.
“I have worn many Roma jerseys, but this will be my last,” he told the media.
Some are suggesting that his comments are merely a message to the club to begin contract talks, with his current deal expiring at the end of next season.
Nevertheless, it is a nervous time for Roma fans who would have hoped to see their captain continue playing for more than just one more year given his form last season.
Despite his advancing years, Totti showed last year that he is still capable of producing the quality that has made him one of the best players in the game.
Having stepped up his fitness regime and proven that he can last through substantial minutes week in week out, the World Cup winner has previously claimed he wants to continue playing until 2016.
However, his latest comments would suggest otherwise although it is unclear at this stage what his motives really are.
Roma began pre-season training surrounded by angry supporters at Trigoria on Tuesday, who made their feelings be known that they are still disappointed by the Coppa Italia final defeat to city rivals Lazio last season.
Totti was one of the few to escape their wrath, but if this is his last season at the club it will come as a huge disappointment.