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Roma great Totti: I rejected Real Madrid for Sensi

Roma great Francesco Totti has again spoken of how close he came to leaving during his career.

Totti admits interest from Real Madrid almost convinced him to leave.

He said, “My dream was to remain at Roma forever, but then it's natural when you grow up and realise there are going to be bumps in the road over many years.

“Milan started trying to sign me before I even made my debut for Roma. Ariedo Braida came to my house and wanted to take me to Milan at all costs.

“The time I really was on the verge of leaving was for Real Madrid in 2004-05. I really was on the cusp of that transfer, it was practically all done.

“I wanted to win. We'd won one Scudetto and then lost two straight afterwards. We were slowing down our progress, so I wanted us to buy champions and hire coaches to win trophies. I saw a lot of problems.

“However, Franco Sensi was like a father to me and I gave him everything I possibly could."

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