Totti set to retire and join Roma front office

Roma captain Francesco Totti is set to retire at the end of the season, says the club's new director of football, Monchi.

Now 40 years old, Totti will be remembered as the club's greatest-ever player, with over 300 goals and well over 700 appearances to his name since making his debut at the age of 16 back in 1993.

"In terms of Totti, I already knew that there was an agreement with the club that this would be his final year as a player, then he'd start as a director," Monchi said. 

"Francesco is Roma, I want to be as close to him as possible. I'd love to learn even one percent of the huge amount that he knows."

Monchi also insisted that Giallorossi vice-captain Daniele De Rossi, who has long been viewed as Totti's successor as a leader, will sign a new deal with his current agreement expiring at the end of the campaign.

"We share a reciprocal desire and interest," Monchi added. "We want to continue together and we would have to be particularly stupid not to reach an agreement."