Roma captain Francesco Totti is adamant that midfielder Daniele De Rossi will stay at the club for the remainder of his career.
De Rossi’s current deal with the capital club expires at the end of the season, and talks over an extension have ground to a halt.
However, Totti told Tuttomercatoweb that he expects to see De Rossi remain at Stadio Olimpico.
“I have spoken to him many times, and his intention is to stay here for life in Rome, like I did,” Totti said.
“However I can’t go into specifics, but I hope we can find this agreement and get it signed as soon as possible, more so because this has been going on for far too long now.”
Totti also reflected on Roma’s progress since their takeover by Italian-American businessman Thomas DiBenedetto.
The World Cup winner clarified that after a rocky start to their relationship, he and coach Luis Enrique had put aside their differences.
“Perhaps we didn’t understand one another at the start,” Totti said. “I wanted to play, I was fit and I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong.”
“Everything has been resolved now, though. I often speak with him and we have a great relationship.”
“I’d liken him to Luciano Spalletti as our game is very offensive.”
Roma face Lazio on Sunday in the first capital derby of the Serie A season.