Francesco Totti warned “I can’t stay at Roma like this” after the breakdown of his rapport with Luciano Spalletti.
The captain has barely featured since Spalletti replaced Rudi Garcia on the bench in January.
“I still feel like a player who is physically in good shape and I want to play,” Totti told TG1 on RAI.
“The injury is behind me now and if I don’t play it is purely down to a tactical decision.
“I can’t stay at Roma like this. It hurts to be on the bench. I understand at my age that I play less, but ending my career like this is bad for me as a man and what I’ve given to Roma. I demand more respect for all I’ve done here.
“What is my rapport like with Spalletti? We say ‘good morning’ and ‘good evening.’ That’s it. He said such nice things in the papers, but not to my face.
“I respect him as a Coach and think he has what it takes to remain at Roma.”
Totti’s contract is due to expire in June and for the first time he admits he could retire.
“My contract expires in June, I await news from (President James) Pallotta and will evaluate the situation.
“I expect the fairness of people telling me the reality of the situation and how things really are.”