Totti becomes AS Roma team director

Totti becomes AS Roma team director

Totti becomes AS Roma team director

Totti's future was originally in doubt after he was seemingly forced to retire by sporting director Mochi, who refused to offer the 40-year-old a new contract at the end of last season.

"Football was everything for me, it was my passion, something which touched everything important in my body".

And as Totti prepares for his new career in a suit rather than a Roma shirt, he admits it is still hard for him to accept his playing days are now behind him. I didn't want that last day to ever end since it had been 25 years that I was a footballer.

In an interview published on Roma's official website on Monday evening, Totti admitted his illustrious on-pitch career was a thing of the past and that a new life in football management awaited him.

Asked whether he'd be known by his surname - not the Francesco he prefers - in his new role, Totti said that nothing would change. It was too important, significant and too emotional for me.

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"That was my main job, while now we approach something different with the same spirit and the same mind, maybe with even more because having so much experience as a footballer, I have the chance to give a big hand".

"The beginning of a new phase, a new adventure now starts".

"It will take time, step by step, to understand the role most suitable for me, and I will try to help all, from the youth team to the chairman".

'For this reason, I'm putting myself at the disposal of this club, from the young players to the President. I expect a rosy, lovely future.

"When you change your role, you always need to take a while to get to know better the situation you are walking into - but I am fortunate enough to already know very well the atmosphere around the club and the city".

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