Roma legend Francesco Totti has always said that Real Madrid were the only club that came close to luring him away from the Stadio Olimpico, when they came calling first in 2001, then in 2004. ‘Il Capitano’ has also revealed that his decision to stay at the Giallorossi throughout his illustrious, 24-year senior playing career prompted Bernabéu president Florentino Pérez to tell him in 2016 that he was “the only player who ever said no to Madrid.”
Now that Totti, 42, has left his role as a director at Roma as result of his problems with club chief James Pallotta, however, the former Italy star could finally be set to work with the LaLiga giants.
Totti said to be giving Madrid role serious thought
Italian newspapers Corriere della Sera and Gazzetta dello Sport have today both reported that Madrid have offered Totti a position as a club ambassador, and that the World Cup winner is giving the proposal serious thought. He is also reported to have opportunities at the Italian FA, at Sampdoria and in Qatar, but it is claimed that he feels that he has unfinished business with Madrid.
“I could be interested in working with a team in Europe”
In his biography, Totti spoke of his hesitation over what to do when Madrid sought to sign him, even going as far as to declare that there is “another universe” in which he wore the captain’s armband at the 13-time European champions. Yesterday, he said: “I’m considering several different ideas; I could be interested in working with a team [elsewhere] in Europe.”
In the Italian media there is a little doubt about which team he is talking about…