Italian club, AS Roma has expressed disappointment over Francesco Totti’s announcement that he has chosen to resign from the club after 30 years, rather than take up the position of Technical Director.
42-year-old Totti, a World Cup winner, spent his entire professional career at Roma and retired from playing in July 2017.
His relationship with president James Pallotta reportedly deteriorated, but last week the American said he offered Totti the role of technical director, which will not be.
Totti, speaking at a news conference that lasted well over an hour, announced his painful exit from Roma.
But the Italian club says it is disappointed with Totti’s statement.
“The club is extremely disappointed to learn that Francesco Totti has announced that he has decided to leave the club and not take up the position of Technical Director of AS Roma. We offered this role to him after Monchi’s exit, for which we were awaiting his answer.
“We believed that the role offered to Francesco is one of the most senior positions at the club and obviously requires total dedication and commitment, something that is expected of all senior managers within the club.
“We were prepared to be patient with Francesco and help him achieve the transition from being a great footballer into a great manager. To demonstrate this commitment to Francesco, the role of Technical Director was offered to him – a role that we believed he could grow into and one in which we offered to support him in while he adapts.
“While we understand how hard it must be for him to take this decision to leave AS Roma after 30 years, we believe that his perception of the facts and decisions made at the club are both fanciful and far from reality.
“Regarding the repeated references to a possible comeback with a new ownership, combined with information about interested parties collected by him around the world, we hope that this was not meant to be an inappropriate anticipation of a takeover attempt of the club, a scenario that would be very sensitive as AS Roma is a listed company. The club’s investor group have absolutely no intention of putting AS Roma up for sale, now or in the future.
“We wish Francesco only good luck with what he decides to do next.”