After playing for AS Roma for 24 years, club legend Francesco Totti is set to continue his story with the club as a director.
40-year old Totti played his last game for AS Roma in May, but there were reports he’d play elsewhere as offers came in for his services.
He however announced in an interview with the club’s website on Monday that he was done with being on the pitch, and was now focusing on management.
He said: “The end of my playing career was May 28, 2017. That for me was an historic day.
“I’ll carry it with me forever. It will be hard to explain to people the feelings and emotions I felt that day.
“The first part of my life, as a player, has ended but now I’m heading into an equally important part as a manager, hoping to do as well as I did on the field.”
“I never wanted that game to end, that day to end,” said Totti, who is Roma’s all-time leading goalscorer with 307 in all competitions.
“For me it was too important, too significant, too exciting.
“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.
“Now I’ll try to make myself available at all 360 degrees, from the youth team to the president. It might take six months, a year, two years… I don’t know how long it will take to find the role I prefer.”
Japanese side Tokyo Verdy had tried to sign Totti, but his family had reported decided against the move.
“I really wanted to see Totti pull on a Verdy uniform. I was ready to fly to Italy tomorrow. I’m unhappy with the agent, but this has been a valuable learning experience.”