Italian striker Francesco Totti could continue his playing career in the United States once his 25-year spell with Roma comes to an end in July.
Arguably Roma’s greatest player of all time, Totti will not be offered a new deal by Roma and whilst it has been widely assumed that he will hang his boots up during the summer, an offer from America could well see the 40-year-old prolong his career for at least another year.
ESPN report that the forward is keen to continue playing and reports by Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he could receive an offer to join Miami, who are a second-tier side in the North American Soccer League.
Totti is expected to be given the chance to move upstairs at Roma, as incoming sporting director Monchi recently said he hoped the fan-favourite would accept an offer that would see him become a director for six years.
The player himself has insisted that a decision regarding his future will be made at the end of the season, as he now also ways up the possibility of moving to Miami.
Key behind that very deal could be two other retired Italian legends, Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini. The former is currently Miami’s first-team manager, whilst Maldini part owns the football club.
Nesta attempted to sign Totti last season when it appeared he would depart the Stadio Olimpico, but a fine end to the previous campaign saw him offered another one-year deal by Roma.
Although the Miami boss is allegedly still interested in signing his old friend 12-months on, his recent comments on Totti’s future would contradict rumours about the American club’s interest in the verteran forward.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport on Sunday, Nesta said: “I think, as a player, you have got to know when the time is right and be the first to announce it, before anybody else.
“When you feel that your body is not functioning the way it used to do and when the club is a bit perplexed, then it’s best to get in there first and decide for yourself, not let others decide for you.
“I would tell him to make a grand finale, say nice words and end this year with a big party. That would be the best way for a champion like him to do.”