Simone Perrotta says he is unlikely to extend his playing career after bringing the curtain down on nine years with AS Roma.
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The 36-year-old's contract with the Giallorossi expired at the weekend and no new offer was forthcoming. Rather than continuing his career away from the Eternal City, the Ashton-under-Lyne born midfielder instead believes he will now hang up his boots.
"I really don't think I am going to carry on playing now," he told Tele Radio Stereo. "It's only right that my career finishes here as an ex-player of Roma rather than an ex-player of any other club. I have the possibility of playing a year or two somewhere else, but it's right that it finishes that way."
Perrotta leaves with a bitter taste in the mouth, though, with May's Coppa Italia final defeat to city rivals Lazio still rankling.
"My last game was not meant to end this way," he said. "It was written in a different way. More than the disappointment is the pain which is going to be hard to get over. Sport has made me get used to suffering such bitter defeats, but what hurts the most is not getting the chance to put it right."
The 2006 World Cup winner was an unused substitute in the 1-0 loss at the Stadio Olimpico, and he will now be backing his former team-mates to set the record straight for him next season.
And he is predicting a successful year under the guidance of new coach Rudi Garcia, who has arrived from Lille. "Roma are going to be stronger next season," he said. "They are getting a good coach who has already won a title with a small club, so why shouldn't he do that again here?"