Francesco Totti close to Roma extension
Francesco Totti is close to extending his contract with Roma by a year as negotiations enter their final stages.
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Totti and Roma have used the break for internationals to discuss a new deal to replace the one-year contract he signed at the end of last season. He is expected to commit until 2015 before moving into a managerial capacity at the Eternal City club.
According to reports in Italy, €700,000 per annum currently separate the two negotiating parties with Roma keen to find a sponsor to cover the amount exceeding their offer of €2.8 million which would see Totti earn €3.5 million a year for the next two seasons.
Totti, 36, has been with Roma since the age of 13 and has made over 500 appearances for the Giallorossi. He has also been capped 58 times by Italy and could yet add to that by returning to the national team for the World Cup next summer.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli recently admitted that Totti, like Alessandro Del Piero and Antonio Di Natale, remains on the radar for next summer while his former team-mate and current Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella says that is not as unlikely as it may seem.
"The World Cup is a special occasion and I don’t know if Francesco will return to the national team for it, but he is certainly an experienced player who could always be useful," Montella told the Corriere dello Sport. "He is the lifeblood of Roma and the whole of the team relies on him and his class."