Totti : 'I will be a Roma director'

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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'm afraid we have no choice but to pull out".

The 40-year-old left the Giallorrossi at the end of the 2016/2017 season, after spending his entire playing career at the club. "It was a day which marked me a lot".

Roma on Monday announced that club hero Francesco Totti would remain at the Stadio Olimpico in a new, directorial position. "This is a new phase and beginning of a new adventure", - quotes the words of Totti official website Roma.

He said: "The first part of my life, as a player, has ended".

The former Italy global confirmed he had played his last game for Roma in the season finale against Genoa, although he stopped short of calling time on his playing career in an emotional statement to his supporters. "I want to be an important person for Roma, and Roma really understand that's what I want to do".

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It's been 25 years and more of a lovely relationship with Roma.

I have had this time to thing about things, to reflect and truly decide that I am ready to continue serving this team, day after day, with calmness and confidence, to learn the role and add something new above all.

"There are people who think about their new role outside the field while they play; until 28 May I thought only about the field".

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

In all he made 786 appearances, scoring 307 goals including 250 in Serie A - the second-highest total by a single player after Silvio Piola between 1929 and 1954. I don't know how long it will take.

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