Sunday March 6 2016
Spalletti: 'My Totti hope'

Luciano Spalletti admits it’d be better if Roma President James Pallotta “was closer” and discussed Francesco Totti’s future.

The Coach sat down with Roma TV to go over a series of photographs from his time with the club.

“Totti is the history of Roma, the best Italian player in the post-war era. I learned so much from him. His moves have always been taken as an example to show young players.

“He has given so much to football and it’s only right that this is recognised. I hope he closes his career in the best way, listening to what his heart tells him.

“Undoubtedly, my role becomes difficult in this situation, but I have absolute respect for the man and his career.”

Roma had a series of meetings with Totti this week and hope he’ll hang up his boots, as he turns 40 in September, and join the club staff.

President Pallotta is currently in Italy, but spends the majority of his time in Boston.

“He has enthusiasm and really wants to win. He’s a positive person. We’d need him to be closer, it’d be easier to get that signal from him.”

Spalletti was shown a photograph of Roma’s celebrations after the record of 11 consecutive victories.

“It was a wonderful moment, I was swept along by the enthusiasm of the Stadio Olimpico. It’s one of the reasons I returned to Roma. We must make a better record.”

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