March 17, 2009

According to Sky Sport 24, Roma captain Francesco Totti is close to reaching an agreement with the club over a contract renewal, which will see him end his career at his hometown club.

The 32-year-old's current deal will run out in 2010 and the parties have been discussing new terms in recent months.

It has been reported that the new deal is worth more than $7 million per year and will last until 2014, when Totti will likely hang up his boots at the age of 38.

However, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that coach Luciano Spalletti's statements at the end of the game with Sampdoria last Sunday could have repercussions in the Giallorossi locker room.

The tactician was asked whether Totti's continued injury troubles could push the club into looking for a replacement next summer and Spalletti replied that they will go over this topic at the end of the season, adding, "Romans think that we can't play football without Totti and [Daniele] De Rossi, but it's not true."

The local media have questioned the timing of Spalletti's words, particularly after Totti played through the pain barrier for 120 minutes against Arsenal. Some sources have even hinted that the coach could sever his ties with the club come the end of the campaign.

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