S Roma’s Francesco Totti waves supporters during warm up.(REUTERS)
AS Roma playmaker Francesco Totti has confirmed that Sunday’s Serie A match at home against Genoa will be his last after 25 years at the club, but left his future shrouded in mystery by saying he was ready for a “new challenge”.
The 40-year-old gave no clues as to whether the new challenge would be a director’s role at Roma or playing at a different club, something which has always been considered unthinkable for one of soccer’s most loyal players.
“From Monday, I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge,” Totti said on his Twitter feed. “Roma-Genoa, Sunday May 28, 2017, the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey.”
Totti has been little used by coach Luciano Spalletti this season, playing a total of 327 minutes in his 17 Serie A appearances and scoring two goals.
Roma need to beat Genoa on Sunday to finish second in Serie A and qualify for the Champions League group stage next season.