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Thursday October 13 2011
No Rome derby for Totti

Francesco Totti has ruled himself out of the capital derby, but believes the future at Roma is bright under the new owners.

The Giallorossi captain spoke about numerous issues during a Press conference on Thursday, starting with Sunday's clash against Lazio.

"It's true, I won't be playing in the derby," Totti said after he picked up a thigh muscle injury in Week 6.

"I tried to recover, but I wasn't able to. I hope to be back for the game against Palermo next week, but we'll have to take it one day at a time."

Unable to hurt Lazio on the field of play, Totti decided to poke fun at Edy Reja seeing as he's lost all four of the Rome derbies played while Lazio boss.

"Reja will be the key man in the derby, he's our lucky charm! Joking aside, I hope that Miroslav Klose doesn't play as he's so strong.

"They'll be favourites, though, as they always are…"

Roma are at the start of a new era after the club was bought by an American consortium, but the transition has not been easy for Totti.

He was labelled as 'lazy' by new general director Franco Baldini in a summer interview and new boss Luis Enrique initially didn't see him as an untouchable figure.

"It's a new project, important and young," Totti added. "I think they want to do some great things and have a great team. You have to when you're in a city like this.

"The Baldini interview? Hearing snippets of it left me unhappy. But everyone is entitled to have an opinion, also because I've always had a really good relationship with Franco.

"I've never had any problems with him. I think he'll arrive here soon and then he can explain what his words signified.

"I've let it go though. I'm pleased that he's part of the staff and I hope to win things together again.

"Luis Enrique? Perhaps we didn't understand each other at the start. I wanted to play, I was fit and I didn't understand what I was doing wrong.

"I was told that I was at the centre of the project by the club, but I then didn't play or I was substituted.

"Everything has been resolved though. I often speak with the Coach and we have a good relationship. I'd liken him to Luciano Spalletti as our game is very offensive.

"He works us hard though, two-and-a-half hours a day. I've not worked so much since Zdenek Zeman was here," he joked.

"He's a Coach who can do well in this city. He has clear and innovative ideas. He teaches us things that we have never learnt in Italy.

"My role? It's up to me to find the right position on the field of play. I'm just putting myself at the disposal of the team. Saying that, it is odd that I still haven't scored this season."

Asked for his opinion on Antonio Cassano's declaration this week that he plans to retire soon, the veteran said he still loves the game.

"I want to play on until I am 40. I want to continue to enjoy myself. When I see that I can no longer do that then I'll throw in the towel."

One club man Totti also reassured fans that Daniele De Rossi, whose contract expires in June, wants to remain.

"I've spoken to De Rossi. It is his intention to stay here for life. However, I can't go into the specifics because they are private matters. I just hope an agreement can be found as soon as possible."

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