Francesco Totti has officially signed a new contract with Roma which will see him play on until June 2016. “I love this club and they love me.”
The Italian put pen to paper on the deal in front of journalists today at the start of a news conference which also involved President James Pallotta.
“I want to really thank the President for giving me the opportunity to keep wearing the shirt that I have always supported and always loved,” the almost 37-year-old commented.
“Everyone wanted it to happen, me and the club.
“I have another two years on my contract, two more years of responsibility, we have a lot of work to do and I hope we do well for this American Roma.”
Totti is one of the last remaining flag bearers in an Italian game which saw Juventus show Alessandro Del Piero the door last summer after 19 years with the outfit.
“Del Piero decided to go and play in Australia. He wasn’t treated by Juventus as Roma have acted with me and that is disappointing for him. I, on the other hand, am delighted.”
Capital born Totti, a graduate of the club’s youth system, has just begun his 22nd Serie A campaign with his beloved outfit.
“We’ve started the season on the right foot, we are a good squad and our Coach is really competent. It will be a competitive Roma.
“The derby against Lazio? Sunday’s game is completely different to the others. You face it and live through it differently. I don’t give predictions before matches…”
Totti was also asked about the possibility of an international recall for Brazil 2014. His last cap was won during the victorious 2006 World Cup Final.
“I’m not thinking about the World Cup. I want to do well with Roma. Then we will see how I am physically and mentally in May. My Azzurri shirt is the Roma shirt.”
Totti is Serie A’s second highest ever goalscorer with 228 strikes so far. Silvio Piola leads that chart thanks to his 274 goals.
“Reaching the goal tally of Piola is almost impossible. I’m not thinking about it to be honest. The first objective is to do well with Roma.”