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Francesco Totti: I said no to MLS offer

Francesco Totti has said he is focused only on Roma after turning down an offer to move to Major League Soccer.

Francesco Totti has hinted that he could be retiring next year.
Totti believes the future is bright for Roma.

Totti, 36, was contacted by Marco Di Vaio, of Montreal Impact, and the former Italy international asked him to join the club, but he decided his future was with Roma.

He told a press conference in Kansas City: "It's very gratifying to come up against a friend like Di Vaio.

"He's a great player and a great person, and he's really happy in Canada. He wanted to give that experience a go, and he's delighted with the way things are going.

"It's true that he asked if I'd like to play in America, but all I have on my mind right now is Roma. The club, with the signings it has made, is trying to build a side on a level with the best in Europe.

"We want to become like them as soon as possible. We're optimistic. You can only win things when you have strong players."

Before facing Toronto, the Giallorossi meet the MLS All Stars on Wednesday, and Totti expects that game to be a stern test of his side's credentials.

"The fact they beat a team like Chelsea [last year] says it all," he said. "The MLS has grown a great deal in recent years and has become very competitive, both technically and tactically.

"There's going to be a lot of quality on the field, and I bet it's going to be a spectacular match. There's no doubt it's an honour for me, and for Roma, to take part in this game."

Earlier this month, Totti indicated that he could retire from the game at the end of the forthcoming season.


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