Roma have confirmed Francesco Totti will remain at the club for “one last season” after agreeing to extend his contract for another year.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for Totti and Roma as the former Italy international seemed destined to leave the club this summer after reports of a row with manager Luciano Spalletti last season.
But those disagreements appeared to have been sorted out and now Roma has moved to retain the services of its captain for another season.
“I really desired this contract, which is the realization of my dream,” Totti told Roma TV.
“I always hope to end my career having worn a single shirt, that of Roma.
“After speaking with James Pallotta I am even more convinced that by remaining united we can achieve great things.”
Totti joined Roma as a 12-year-old in 1989 and, since making his debut in 1993, has made 758 appearances in all competitions and scored 304 goals – both of which are club records.
President Pallotta lauded the signing of his contract as a symbolic moment on the club’s 89th anniversary.
“It’s quite fitting that on the anniversary of the day AS Roma was founded, Francesco Totti has signed a new playing contract,” he added.
“No one has played more games or scored more goals for this football club than Francesco Totti and we’re delighted that he will continue for one more season.
“He’s earned this contract and now we want Francesco’s final season on the pitch to be the start of a new era of success for Roma.”