Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho could become a factor if former club captain Francesco Totti returns to AS Roma reportedly after retiring in 2017
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Roma legend Francesco Totti could return to the club during a difficult period for the Italian club and manager Jose Mourinho there may be a part to play in the return of the former club captain.
Mourinho is in for a difficult period with the Italian club, with European qualification hanging in the balance and former Italy and Roma striker Antonio Cassano among those who criticize his work at the Stadio Olimpico.
Totti played with Cassano for part of his long career in Rome, making his debut as a teenager and staying with the club until he retired in 2017 at the age of 40.
Former Italy player resign his directorship with the club in 2019 after failings with previous owners, but reports in Italy suggest he may be close to returning.
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While Totti continued to attend matches, he left his executive post in 2019 with a powerful statement in which he claimed to have been stabbed in the back.
“This is much worse than retiring as a player. Leaving Roma is like dying. I feel it would be better if I died,” he said at the time.
“This is a club that needs to be loved and supported. There should be no Totti support, support[then-owner James] Pallotta or pro-[then-consultant Franco] Baldini factions. Just Roma fans.
“Did someone stab me in the back in Trigoria? Yes.
“I’ll never name them, but there are people in there who don’t want me there. These people are hurting Roma, not doing what’s best for the club.”
Based on La Gazzetta Dello SportHowever, the change of ownership at Roma – with the Friedkin Group now at the helm – opened the door for Totti’s return, as did the former player’s relationship with Mourinho.
“There is a strong mutual respect” between Totti and Mourinho, the Italian newspaper reports, translated by Football Italia.
Gazzetta reports that Totti’s return to the Olimpico in December 2021 is the first time in two years he has featured in a match.
“Francesco currently has a great relationship with the current board. With Friedkin and Tiago Pinto, but also with Mourinho,” the newspaper reported.
Totti’s son Cristian, also named in Roma’s books, plays for their under-17 team, while senior Totti made more than 700 appearances for the Giallorossi and ended his career as a manager. a club.
Under Mourinho, Roma have played poorly after a brief start and are playing cards in the race to qualify for the European Cup.
The weekend draw with Verona dropped them to eighth place, six points above fourth place Juventus and two games behind neighbor Lazio with 12 games left of the season.
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