Wednesday September 7 2011
Totti unites new Roma

Francesco Totti has called for a united Roma after his relationship with the club was tested by pre-season controversy.

The player's status in the capital has been placed into some doubt following the arrival of new owners in Rome.

There has been tension with directors Franco Baldini and Walter Sabatini, while it's unclear how important the captain is to the plans of boss Luis Enrique.

However, the No 10 has released a statement on his personal website where he's made it clear that his beloved Giallorossi must come first.

"A new championship starts on Sunday, a championship that begins later than in previous years," he said.

"As always, I hope that the season ahead presents great satisfaction to our fans.

"Finally the squad will be complete after the return of the international players and we can begin to play football.

"We'll have a lot of new players and all of us will have to rally around our new Coach, the team and the club to start the campaign in the best possible manner.

"All of us will do this together and with one objective which is Roma, of which I am their biggest fan.

"We'll all be waiting for you [fans] at the stadium to support us as you always have and I'm sure that we'll give you joy.

"Cagliari will be waiting for us and last season [Coach Massimo] Ficcadenti caused us difficulties with Cesena. Therefore, we'll have to be focused and united for Roma."

Totti is being tipped to start against Cagliari at the weekend, but it remains to be seen how he will be used.

It's being claimed that he spoke to Sabatini earlier this week to express his concern about how far away from the opposition goal he is being asked to play.

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