0Shares0000Roma’s forward from Italy Francesco Totti controls the ball during the Italian Serie A football match Roma vs Lazio at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 30, 2017. Lazio won 1-3. © AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEROME, Italy, May 3 – Roma club icon Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season when the 40-year-old’s contract expires, new sports director Monchi said on Wednesday.“I want him here right by my side. He is Roma. He can teach me what Roma is,” said Monchi at his unveiling in the role, adding the captain will remain at the club in a management position. “There is an agreement in place. This is his last season but then he continues in management.”“I want Totti to explain to me what Roma is, to make me understand what he knows,” added the Spaniard Monchi, who won credit for his sports director role at Sevilla, who won the Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016.The striker Totti has played all his professional career at Roma and is a hugely popular figure, making his debut in 1993.Roma coach Luciano Spalletti had a series of run-ins with the Roma number 10 last season.Despite that and his advancing years Totti answered with a string of key goals and eventually got another 12-month contract last summer, although Roma said then it would be his final season.Asked how he felt after his last derby, the weekend defeat to Lazio, Totti said: “Others see this is as my last derby, but I don’t.”Monchi also said he wants to keep Spalletti at Roma, who are second in Serie A.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
• Galleries: 9/11: Ceremony in El Monte | Ceremony in Monterey Park | Memorial at Ground Zero | Memorial in Arlington | Memorial site of United Flight 93 | Ceremony around the World • Blog: Remembering September 11th • Videos: Remembering 9/11 | Bush Honors Flight 93 | Pentagon Memorial • Link: Special Section MONTEBELLO – Local Montebello religious leaders and city officials spoke strongly for continuing the “war on terrorism” at a memorial march and celebration Monday for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But not all attendees at Montebello Park agreed with the present course the United States is taking in that war. Montebello resident Nannette Perez thought the best way to commemorate the victims of Sept. 11 would be to hold peace talks in their memory because she thinks the war in Iraq is increasing terrorism. Mario Moreno, pastor of the Praise Chapel of Montebello, has organized the annual event since the first anniversary of the attacks in 2002. He said the purpose of the memorial was to “remind us all that we have a real enemy” and that it was time to “reunite and regroup” in order to focus on what the country stands for. “This memorial is supposed to bring out the patriotic part of us that’s usually on the back burner,” he said. “It was five years ago and now it’s kind of like out of sight, out of mind. But the mess \ is getting worse.” But for Dolores Sanchez of Montebello, the event was simply a way to pay her respects to those who died that day in 2001. “I get very sentimental about it,” Sanchez said. “We all lost a lot of our friends and firefighters in those attacks, our fellow Americans.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“There is too much hate now towards Americans,” said Perez, 31. “There’s too many people dying in Iraq now, because of 9/11. It’s not worth it to have so much bloodshed of innocent life and of the troops. “I believe the war should end now,” she said. Perez joined about 60 residents and city officials in memorial observations featuring traditional patriotic songs and speeches. Mayor Bob Bagwell said participating in yearly memorials helps to “re-dedicate ourselves to what our beliefs and values as a nation are.” “We’re trying to fight terrorism … so our children won’t have to fight it with nukes,” Bagwell said.