Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted his great admiration for AS Roma captain Francesco Totti.

Ferguson admits he'd love to have signed Totti during his career, but there was little chance of prising him away from the Giallorossi.

"Totti is the symbol of Roma, he'd never want to leave the club just like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at United," Ferguson said.

"Totti needs to be kept at a certain level for Roma, just as I do at United. I may not let Giggs play every week but he's always there. It could be the same for Totti."

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