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Oct 25, 2013

Marco Borriello wants Roma extension

Marco Borriello says he wants to prolong his contract at Roma as he prepares to aid the Serie A leaders' Scudetto challenge in the absence of club captain Francesco Totti.

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Borriello was expected to be moving on transfer deadline day last summer in a three-way deal between Roma, Genoa and Juventus which was meant to see him return to the Rossoblu with Alberto Gilardino joining Juve and Fabio Quagliarella going to the Giallorossi. The move fell through -- with reasons cited including Borriello's substantial salary or Juve's reluctance to offload Quagliarella.

Although the 31-year-old striker was disappointed at the time, he is now considering extending his contract by another two years.

"I was on the verge of leaving in August because I wanted to play regularly, like I had been doing in Genoa," he told Sky Italia. "I know what the hierarchy was at Roma and that it would have been hard to play here, but destiny wanted me to stay and now I feel an integral part of the squad."

Borriello remains one of Roma's biggest earners, but his agent is currently in talks about spreading his salary to cover an additional two years. "I'm all for this spread," Borriello said. "I think we'll do it in the end."

That is because now, as opposed to just a few months ago, Borriello cannot imagine a better place to be playing.

"We're going at a rate which would win us the Scudetto," he said. "Let's hope it lasts. Winning helps you win -- in addition to the technical and tactical approach, euphoria is at the foundation of everything.

"Roma want to finish inside the top five, but that could mean the Europa League, the Champions League or even the Scudetto."

In the absence of injured Totti, Borriello now has more responsibility in helping Roma sustain their challenge after winning all eight of their games so far this season but, while happy to be given a chance, he admits he is not Totti and the Giallorossi are not the same without their Capitano.

"Francesco is the beacon of this side," Borriello said. "We're going to feel his absence now. I will not give as much quality as he does, but maybe I will provide more depth. Totti has a charisma which is unique."

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