Eighty-minute press conference to explain the events linked to his farewell to Rome. Francesco Totti, from the Salone d’onore del CONI, spoke today in front of 250 journalists and 100 photographers from all over the world: “I hereby resign. I was hoping this day would never come, is something really bad for me. The club I was never allowed to work in the technical area, for this, I believe, that to leave Rome is the best thing right now. In front of all and of everything there always has to be the Roma. I don’t want factions, pro back and pro Pallotta or pro Baldini, just love these colors. Chairmen, managers and players go, but the flags remain. The decision I took was not my fault.”
“I have never regretted making the ruling, given that the Rome for me is like home. This for me is a difficult choice, I grew up in Trigoria”, continued the former number 10 giallorosso. “The perpetrators of this choice? I never had the chance to express myself, I was always excluded from the technical projects. I have held off. The fans I can only thank them for how I have always dealt with, there has always been mutual respect. I say to all to continue to cheer for this team, as I do, because to see her in this situation, I feel sad. Mine is not a farewell but a goodbye, not even I can’t see Totti out of Roma. If another property will prove to want to believe in me, I’ll be ready to return”.
“It is always said that the problem of Rome are the romans in the team. Now they managed to get what they wanted. Even when 8 years ago there were some americans it has always been so, they tried to exclude ourselves. Baldini? With him I never had a relationship, and never will I have. One of the two had to go away and I made, with too much cooks in the kitchen you never get to nothing. The last word came from London, expressing my thoughts wanted to say, wasting time. At the last meeting I went because I was warned two days before, as they always have done.”
As regards the chapter on coaches, then: “Personally, I’ve only heard Earl, that before some of the problems I had even given the ok. But Later, Gattuso, De Zerbi or Gasperini I never contacted. Fonseca? Even with him I talked about, they decided without me. They wanted that I also as a player, and the manager had made promises that are kept. They knew what they wanted. The future? The Financial Fair Play is a problem, we had to sell the best players. The people, however, you need to tell the truth. Do not be deluded, you have to be transparent. The absence of Pallotta weighs a lot. When there is no leader, from any party are all a bit like want and find an alibi. The president should be more present.”
“Fund Qatar interested in the Roma? I have been in many continents, especially in those areas, and I can only say that many would like to make investments. The Roma is loved and valued in many parts of the world, but until I see in black and white there I think. Today I don’t know anything about a possible real bidder,” said Totti. “The only decision I took was the one on Rainier. Claudio is a great person, would come also free to Trigoria”.
“Farewell of De Rossi? Things need to be done for time, and already at the beginning of the year I told some managers that in the event she had to speak immediately with Daniel. I at the stadium? I think yes, I am a fan. Maybe I will go in a curve, with De Rossi. If I have any thanks to Pallotta? I thank him for giving me the opportunity to stay, do not spit in the plate where I ate. I hope that the president will bring the team as high as possible, 8 years that you make promises. Must regain the trust of the people and change the registry. If I was him, two flags as me and Daniel, I would have kept. We know well how they work in Rome and the Trigoria”.