Roma legend Francesco Totti leaves the door open for emotional return when owner Dan Friedkin comes over
Roma legend Francesco Totti leaves the door open for an emotional return if new owner came to call Dan Friedkin … despite claiming he was forced under previous ownership when he resigned as director, admitting that ‘I myself would have killed before I left ‘
- Francesco Totti spent his entire career as a player with Roma before retiring
- He won one Serie A title to become the club’s all-time leading scorer
- He then held a role as a director until he resigned in June 2019
- But he has since claimed that he might be tempted to return to his beloved club
Roma great Francesco Totti has admitted that he would consider returning if the club’s new owners called him back, despite claiming he was forced to leave when he stepped down as director in 2019.
Totti spent his entire career as a player with Roma before retiring in the summer of 2017, where he won one Serie A title and became the club’s all-time top scorer with 307 goals in 785 appearances.
He then held a directorial role until he resigned in June 2019, ending an incredible 30 years with the club.
Francesco Totti has revealed that he would consider returning to beloved club Roma in the future
Totti stepped down as Roma’s all-time top scorer with 307 goals to his name in 785 games
The former star criticized then-owner James Pallotta after his departure, saying the American had “ made the same mistakes for eight years. ”
“I saw myself at Roma forever, but there were some unexpected consequences, like they were propping me up against a wall to make me make a decision that I never would have made,” the 2006 World Cup winner Italy told Bobo TV.
Roma has since undergone a change of ownership as American billionaire Dan Friedkin took control of Pallotta in August 2020.
Totti now has his own scouting and management agency, but admitted he could be tempted back if Friedkin wanted him.
The Italian, who spent his entire career at Roma, resigned as director in 2019
American billionaire Dan Friedkin (top center) took charge of the Serie A giants in August 2020
“I’d sit down and talk about it,” he said.
Now that I’ve set off on this path, I want to complete it. I will continue my work. But I would have killed myself before I left Roma. ‘
Totti also believes the hometown club would benefit from more homegrown involvement, with American owners at the helm and two Portuguese, coach Paulo Fonseca and General Manager Tiago Pinto, leading the technical side.
‘If I had stayed at the club, I would have liked to become technical director. Not everyone has power, but the players, ‘said Totti.
Totti hit on ex-Roma owner James Pallotta (pictured) after his emotional departure in 2019
‘I could have given more than some of the other directors, with all due respect. In that context, I was the last of the last, but I was never involved in the decisions.
‘At Roma, the owners are foreign, the coach is foreign, the general manager is foreign.
“Someone who is from Rome and knows all about Rome would be the best solution and is what they are missing at the moment.”