Francesco Totti hopes Mattia Destro can join the new Roma and is ready to “adapt to Zdenek Zeman’s football.”
The Giallorossi landed in Chicago today for the start of their US tour, which will include a friendly match against Liverpool.
Totti has struggled in early training sessions to keep up with the pace required of Zeman’s all-attack approach.
“It’s only normal that I feel better now than in the first few days of training. I tried to put myself at the disposal of the Coach and I did what I could,” said the captain.
“We are still a work in progress, but have time before the start of the season and by mid-August will certainly be even stronger.”
Totti could well move his position in the attack to the flank, as Zeman does not see him as a centre-forward.
“My role? We will see and I will adapt. The important thing is to play. Football is fun, I enjoy the sport and try to give the fans entertainment too. As long as I am physically able, I will try to give my contribution.”
The club is in advanced negotiations with Destro, although the player owned by Genoa and Siena is hesitating over wage demands.
“Destro can become a top striker,” noted Totti. “Siena is a different atmosphere to Roma, but we will help him settle in.
“He’s not a Roma player yet, but I hope he can become a top player in the next two or three years.”
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