At the ripe old age of 36, AS Roma talisman Francesco Totti says he wants a new deal. The former Italy international, who made his Serie A debut for Roma 20 years ago, says he has no intention of bringing his distinguished career to an end.
“Time has flown because I have done everything with passion,” he said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I hope that continues even if my contract will expire next season. I’m hoping for a renewal and I’ll speak directly to President James Pallotta about it next week when he arrives.”
During the interview, Totti revealed that he came close to leaving his beloved club for Sampdoria and Real Madrid at two different junctures, but in the end, he decided to stay at Roma, where he’s won one Serie A title, two Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups.
Totti also lifted the 2006 World Cup with Italy, and last week opened the door for consideration for the Brazil 2014 squad. “A World Cup is the maximum, especially in Brazil where soccer is everything. But if things went badly then everyone would know who to blame,” he said. “The critics would say that Italy had taken an old guy who ruined the squad …"