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Roma's Totti rules out MLS move

Totti has spent his entire career at Roma (©GettyImages)
Totti has spent his entire career at Roma (©GettyImages).

Veteran Italian midfielder Francesco Totti has dismissed rumours that he is considering a move to Major League Soccer.

36-year-old Totti, who has made nearly 700 appearences for Roma since making his debut in 1993, has been linked with a transfer to Canadian outfit Montreal Impact, who include former Juventus and Valencia striker Marco Di Vaio among their number. 

Totti, however, has refuted such claims and instead insits he is fully focused on helping his current club to regain a place among Europe's elite. 

"Could I follow Di Vaio to the MLS? He made a lifestyle choice. I have a contract with Roma and I am focused solely on Roma," he told reporters.

"The club is trying to put together a squad that can compete at a high level. You win titles with strong players. We hope to compete at the highest level in Europe soon."

Roma, now under the guidance of former Lille boss Rudi Garcia, endured an extremely difficult 2012/13 Serie A campaign and finished in sixth place - a whopping 35 points behind eventual champions Juventus. 

Former manager Zdenek Zeman was relieved of his duties in February after just eight months in the job following a 4-2 home to defeat to Cagliari. Aurelio Andreazzoli was placed in temporary charge for the rest of the campaign and Garcia, who took his former club to the Ligue 1 title in 2011, was appointed in June. 

In addition to Totti, Garcia may also face a battle to retain the services of battling midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

Italian international De Rossi is reported to be on Jose Mourinho's wishlist at Chelsea and has also been strongly linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid in previous transfer windows. 

 

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