Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Japanese Club Tokyo Verdy Want Roma Legend Totti

It is as yet unclear where Francesco Totti's next destination will be, with retirement still an option.
Japanese side Tokyo Verdy, however, has offered the 40 year old an opportunity to extend his career.

Last month, Francesco Totti confirmed that the game against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico on the final day of the Serie A season would be his last at Roma and as expected it was an emotional affair the Giallorossi faithful.

He's been linked with a move to the United States, as NASL side Miami FC, managed by his former Italy teammate Alessandor Nesta and co-owned by Paolo Maldini. He also has the option of heading into retirement and taking a directorial role at Roma, allowing him to preserve a standing as a one-club man.

However, another potential suitor has emerged and it's certainly a bizarre one.

Tokyo Verdy, who play in the J-League 2, the second tier of Japanese football, have expressed an interest in bringing Totti to the Far East in a playing capacity.

It's said that Totti would command a salary of 3 million euros, and Verdy's club president Hanyu Hideaki has confirmed his side's interest in 'Il Gladiatore'.
Speaking to Nikkansports, he said:  “We are interested and have contacted him. But there has been no progress. Having him here would be a dream.”
 Despite his veteran status, Totti wouldn’t be the oldest player in the division if he joined, as former Genoa striker Kazuyoshi Miura is still playing for Yokohama FC at the age of 50.

Totti started his career with Roma in 1992 at the age of 16 — and stayed there until past his 40th birthday.

With a club record 786 appearances to his name, Totti will no longer be gracing the number 10 jersey at Roma as his contract has not be renewed.

He will be remembered as a symbol of loyalty, having rejected the overtures of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, despite no guarantee of the biggest honours.

The playmaker won just one Serie A title — in 2001 — and turned down the chance to join Real Madrid on more than one occasion.

Totti is the joint-second record appearance-maker in Italian football history, behind Paolo Maldini and level with Gianluigi Buffon on 619.

The former Roma man is also the second-top goal scorer with his 250 goals leaving him 24 short of Silvio Piola’s record.

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