Francesco Totti ends playing career, appointed Roma director

However, Totti certainly appears ready to take on his new role with Roma.

"The first part is over, that of a player, and now begins another important assignment as a director, where hopefully I can have a similar impact as I did on the pitch", Totti told Roma TV.

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

"Until 28th May I only thought about playing football, having fun and making a significant contribution to the team".

"Tokyo Verdy" Totti has offered three million euros per year, and the veteran two weeks after the farewell match at Roma said that allows the option of pursuing a career.

After confirming retirement at the only club he ever played for, Roma legend Francesco Totti announced on Tuesday that he is all set to become a director of the Italian club. It is hard to explain the emotions I felt that day but my playing career is over as I have a new director career ahead of me.

"I spoke with sporting director Monchi, we had a great chat and took the time to get to know each other better", Totti added.

"I think it was clear that I never wanted that game, that day to end".

"The game has given me so much and I tried to give so much back to the people who have showed me so much love day after day. I'll pick a flawless role so that I am able to make this a great team and a great club".

"I'll make myself completely available, from the youth sector to the President [James Pallotta]".

The 40 year old holds the club record fro club's most appearances and is the highest goal scorer in the club's history.

Earlier in the close-season Totti, who made 58 worldwide appearances, had been linked to a move to second-tier American outfit Miami, who are coached by his former Italy team-mate Alessandro Nesta.

The striker won the Serie A title once with Roma, in 2001, and lifted the Coppa Italia in consecutive seasons in 2007 and 2008.

Vanessa Coleman

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