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Totti admits bitter Roma split: Stabbed in the back

Francesco Totti says he was 'stabbed in the back' after confirming he was splitting from AS Roma on Monday.

Totti says he's leaving after being ignored by fellow directors in the decision making process.

He said, “I wasn't ever going to change Roma, but at least give a contribution. Many promises were made, very few of them real. As a fan, that disappoints me, because as a fan, I have dreams of seeing Roma compete at the top.

“Even if we don't win the Scudetto, we can compete and maybe win a trophy or two. Unfortunately, there are financial problems and they have to be respected.

“If we have to sell because this year we are running at a loss of €50-60m, we can't sell youth players and get that amount of money. We have to sell important players. That's how it works. This isn't a surprise to anyone."

“If I was the President of Roma and had two icons like Totti and De Rossi, I'd put them in charge of everything. They have ethics, they know everything about what it means to be Roman and Romanista.

“Pallotta surrounded himself with the wrong people and he only listens to them. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you make the same mistakes for eight years, you have to ask yourself some questions. Something clearly is going wrong."

A reporter then specifically asked him if someone had stabbed him in the back at Trigoria.

“Yes. I will never name names, but there are people in there who don't want me there. These people are hurting Roma, not doing what is best for the club.

“Pallotta is not there, he doesn't know what's going on, but I do. I know it like the pockets in my jeans. I know everyone from the usher and cleaners to the chiefs. I grew up in there. I know what the problems are, the resources, who is talking badly behind people's backs.

“If someone talks behind another person's back to you, then imagine what he says when you're not there. I think Pallotta in Boston only gets a 10th of the real truth reported back to him.

“When I take part in charity events, they know what I'm doing and told me it was important to bring Roma's name around the world. It's not as if I go off by myself to do those.

“Many directors go on holiday for a week, the problem is that nobody recognises them and therefore don't care. I read everything you said about me, don't worry.

“I trust Daniele De Rossi 100 per cent. I know it was not him who said certain things. I'm holding back a little, because if someone replies, I'll hit back…"

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