Francesco Totti has revealed that former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti ‘was the one who pushed me the most into retirement’.
Totti and Spalletti did not see eye to eye towards the end of the 2016-17 season, which ended with the Coach leaving Roma and the No 10 hanging up his boots.
“I still don’t get bored. The days are almost like those of when I was a footballer,” he continued to La Repubblica.
“I wake up, take the children to school and then go to Trigoria, I’m with the Coach and team.
“I follow all the training sessions. After lunch, I go back and dedicate myself to the lads. Mediating between players and clubs? Players are beasts, but they show me respect.
“I was like them, so I know them well. I know their secret language, which consists of half looks and half words.
“I try to make myself useful. In the dressing room we now speak almost exclusively in English.
“If you don’t know, you don’t understand anything. There’s less of a group ethic now. After the players got off the field during preseason, everyone isolated themselves in their rooms with their phones, using the internet or sending messages.
“Why I didn’t see my career out in Asia or America? Because I would’ve ruined 25 years of my career.
“I’ve always said that I’d only ever wear one shirt. I’m a man of my world. Spalletti? He’s the one who pushed me the most into retirement.”