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Totti ponders Russia switch

Il Corriere dello Sport reveals that Roma captain Francesco Totti has been offered a chance to move to Russian Premier League.

The club icon had a surprise meeting with Russian Football Union vice-president Nikita Simonyan, the man who was responsible for luring Fabio Capello to Russia.

Simonyan asked Totti about the possibility of leaving Roma for one of the Russian Premier League clubs.

“I’m certain that you don’t have money issues, but you should know that we are ready to pay you a lot in order for you to come and play in our country,” Simonyan was quoted as saying in Il Corriere dello Sport.

“If you phone me then I’ll be able to find you a club, who will sign you with their eyes shut, within the space of 24 hours…”

Francesco Totti was reportedly flattered by the proposal and replied:

“Thank you, you never know…”

Russian Premier League have been on the major uptrend over the last few years, with an increasing number of world-class players making a switch from top European leagues to the Russian championship.

Samuel Eto’o, Axel Witsel and Hulk were the latest high-profile players to arrive in Russia, and it remains to be seen whether Francesco Totti will follow in their footsteps.

Tue 23 October, 2012
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