Roma confirm club legend Francesco Totti will retire at end of season

Guardian sport

Roma have confirmed that club legend Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season, 24 years after he made his first appearance for the Giallorossi.

The 40-year-old, who has made more than 600 appearances for Roma since his debut in 1993, has made only one start in Serie A this season under coach Luciano Spalletti having been awarded a one-year contract extension in 2016.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the club’s new sporting director Monchi confirmed that this would be Totti’s last season as a player but hinted that he could work closely with the former Italy international once he hangs up his boots.

“In terms of Totti, I already knew that there was an agreement with the club that this would be his final year as a player, then he’d start as a director,” Monchi said. “Francesco is Roma, I want to be as close to him as possible. I’d love to learn even 1% of the huge amount that he knows.”

Totti’s final game will be on Sunday, 28 May against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico. He has won two Serie A titles, as well as the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa on two occasions each during his 24 years with Roma.

Appearing for his country at all levels from under-15, Totti scored nine goals in 58 senior appearances for Italy before his retirement from international football in 2006 after winning the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Monchi has confirmed his interest in signing Atalanta’s Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessié, who has also been tracked by Chelsea, Everton and Milan.

“I want to sign players who are good and who are hungry to win,” he said. “Age doesn’t matter. Kessié is a great player who we’re following and who I already knew about. It’s a possibility, there’s not much more to say.”

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