Roma forward Francesco Totti celebrated a goal and a place at the top of Serie A with a further declaration of love for the Giallorossi.
The 36-year-old is currently in the final phases of negotiations over a new contract to replace his current deal, which expires in the summer. Speaking after a 3-1 win over Parma on Monday night, he said there is only one club he could ever play for.
“I’ve always wanted to wear this shirt, which is the only one I love and the one I will honour right to the end,” Totti told Sky television. “This is the best possible way to prepare for the derby. It’s good medicine and we will now go into that game with the right spirit.”
An announcement over a new contract for Totti is imminent, according to the club’s general manager Mauro Baldissoni, who says it is merely a matter of dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s.
“It’s just down to small details now,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “We’re ready and we’re just waiting for the president, then we’ll see.”
Totti has been a Roma player since 1992 and has made over 500 appearances for the Eternal City club. His last appearance for Italy came in the 2006 World Cup, after which he declared his retirement from the international game, but six years on, current Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has not ruled out recalling him for next summer’s World Cup, saying his experience could be useful in Brazil.