Roma’s Francesco Totti has turned down an ‘offer’ from the Russian Football Federation to go and play in their championship.
In a chance meeting between the captain and Russian Federation Vice-President Nikita Simonyan, the latter invited the legend to Russia.
“I’m certain that you don’t have money issues, but you should know that we are ready to pay you a lot in order for you to come and play in our country,” Simonyan is quoted as saying by the Corriere dello Sport.
“If you phone me then I’ll be able to find you a club, who will sign you with their eyes shut, within the space of 24 hours…”
Totti, supposedly of interest to Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow, thanked the official but underlined that he would remain with his hometown club.
The Roman, who has only ever played for the Giallorossi, is now 36. He’s scored two goals in seven Serie A games this term.
Totti also gifted Simonyan a signed Roma shirt at the end of their little chat.