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Roma president Pallotta: We offered the technical director post to Totti

AS Roma president James Pallotta says they offered the technical director's post to Francecso Totti.

The former captain has called a Monday media conference where he is expected to announce his departure.

But Pallotta insists: “Let me state on record, quite clearly for those who think they can continually cause divisions within this club, Francesco was absolutely invited to the meeting in London.

“I believe he's an integral part of our football operations management. I felt it was an important meeting so there was never a question about Francesco not being invited.

“I honestly don't know. Maybe Francesco feels he needs some time to think about his future and his role at the club. We all respect that. Francesco has spent 30 years in football, most of that time lacing up his boots and giving his all for Roma. If Francesco needs time, we'll give him time.

“I'm sure he's got lots of thoughts running through his mind about what he wants to do and he knows that I'm here for him, as I've always been here for him, before and since he stopped playing.

“Whether or not some of you believe that, I don't really care. I know in my heart that I have been. You will not hear any criticism of Francesco from me or from anyone at Roma.

“Guido [Fienga] has sat down with him numerous times and spoken to him about the role and what it would entail."

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