Totti to retire at end of season – Roma

first_img0Shares0000Roma’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)last_img read more

‘Hazard is up there with the very best in the world’, says Chelsea captain Terry

first_imgJohn Terry has hailed Eden Hazard as one of the world’s best players after his goalscoring start to the season.The 25-year-old struggled for form both before and after Jose Mourinho’s December sacking, as Chelsea slumped to a 10th-place finish last term.He went 27 games without a goal in the Premier League, eventually breaking his duck in April, and was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer.But he stayed put and looked sharp in Antonio Conte’s first game in charge on Monday night, scoring a penalty as the Blues beat West Ham 2-1. And he earned praise from captain Terry, who told  Chelsea’s official website: “He’s up there with the very best in the world for me.“We relied on him too much last season and he can’t do it all on his own even though he almost does.“He’s a world-class player and we’re very lucky to have him.”Diego Costa’s controversial late winner handed Conte victory on his first Premier League match at the Chelsea helm.James Collins blasted a second-half equaliser for West Ham only for Costa to net the winner a minute from time – when he arguably should not have been on the pitch.The 27-year-old striker was lucky to escape a second yellow card for a rash lunge on West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, and rubbed salt into the wound by sealing Chelsea’s last-gasp victory.Terry insisted however that all that matters is the win that builds early momentum under new Italian boss Conte.“It was very important to get off to a good start,” said Terry.“The way we started and ended last season wasn’t good enough by our own standards.“We said before the game that whether we won lost or drew that was the type of fight and commitment we want from everyone.“We dug in, it was a big London derby and it means a lot to players and supporters.“It was great for the management to get off to a good start as well.” 1 Eden Hazard celebrates scoring for Chelsea against West Ham last_img read more