Strootman: Totti could play for another five years

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The Dutch midfielder — who signed a new five-year deal with Roma — cannot see the 40-year-old slowing down despite his age

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman believes Francesco Totti could continue playing for another five years after leaving his boyhood club.

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Totti made an emotional final appearance for Roma on Sunday, coming off the bench in their 3-2 win over Genoa in front of a sell-out crowd at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 40-year-old forward — overcome with emotion — brought the entire stadium to tears as he said goodbye to the Italian capital side after 25 years with the first team, 786 appearances in all competitions, 307 goals and the Scudetto in 2000-01.

But Strootman — who has signed a new five-year deal with Roma — cannot see Totti slowing down despite his age.

"I think he could continue playing for another five years," Strootman told Roma's website.

"Being near him in the changing room and on the pitch is extraordinary. All over the world people talk about him, our captain.

"He's changed football and is a symbol for this city. He is Roma. Sunday was emotional for everybody involved. I have never seen so many people in tears — 50-year-old men were getting emotional, as were all my team-mates.

"I consider myself very lucky to have trained and played with him."