Totti discusses Friedkin, Zaniolo and more


Former Roma captain and director Francesco Totti was interviewed by La Repubblica today and discuss his new career as a football agent and if a return to the “new” Roma, which was recently acquired by The Friedkin Group from James Pallotta, could be in his future.

“In spite of everything, my relationship with Roma CEO Guido Fienga has remained excellent,” said Totti.

“When will I return to Roma? This isn’t the right question, it’s too direct. There’s too many nuances involved in this story. If you were to ask me when I’ll meet with the Friedkin family, then I’ll answer: when they invite me for a coffee. I honestly believe this will happen, but there hasn’t been contact”.

“My thoughts on the new owners? Dan Friedkin quickly understood one fundamental thing: the owner must be physically present in Rome. The announcement that his son Ryan will come to live here is a step in the right direction. Pallotta made mistakes because he made decisions based on the news he read. The owner has to experience it live”.

“I’m enjoying this new part of my professional life. I get to work with old friends like Aldair and Candela, but it’s natural to think that sooner or later, Roma and I will meet again”.

“Zaniolo? He can become a great. He is the most crystal clear talent of the new generation, he must mature as a person and on the pitch”.

”The best advice I can give him is to bond with Lorenzo Pellegrini, because he of the person he is and because as a Roman, he knows how to manage the privileges and risks of being a young champion in a city that is so different from the others”.

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