Roma legend Totti offered opportunity to extend career in Japan

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The 40-year-old has brought a glittering career in the Italian capital to a close, with Tokyo Verdy among those to express an interest in signing him

Francesco Totti may be finished at Roma, but ambitious Japanese side Tokyo Verdy have offered him a chance to extend his playing career.

After 25 years as part of the first-team set-up at Stadio Olimpico, and iconic figure has reached the end of the road.

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With a club record 786 appearances to his name, Totti will no longer be gracing the number 10 jersey at Roma as his contract has not be renewed.

There is, however, still a chance that the legendary 40-year-old playmaker will take in another challenge before hanging up his boots, with no decision taken on his future as yet.

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Tokyo Verdy, who compete in the Japanese second tier, are among those to have expressed an interest, with club president Hanyu Hideaki telling Nikkansports: “We are interested in Totti and there were contacts at the time, however, no progress.”

Reports in Japan suggest that Totti would be looking for a salary of around €3 million in order to complete such a move.

'Totti could play five more years'

The World Cup winner is, however, expected to have other offers to consider, with a move to Major League Soccer having also been mooted.

He also has the option of heading into retirement and taking a directorial role at Roma, allowing him to preserve a standing as a one-club man.

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