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Totti has been forced out of Roma, says Zeman

09:45 BST 26/05/2017
Francesco Totti Roma Serie A 2016-17
The 40-year-old revealed on Friday that his time at the capital club is coming to an end, and his former coach believes it was not his own choice

Francesco Totti has had his decision to leave Roma forced upon him by others at the club, according to Zdenek Zeman.

'Totti is not a hero - he's a God!'

The Italy international's 25-year career appeared set to end after new sporting director Monchi said he would be retiring at the end of the season.

However, the 40-year-old broke his silence on the matter on Friday, confirming that Sunday's game against Genoa will be his last for the Giallorossi, but suggested he will continue playing.

And former Roma boss Zeman believes the icon has been pushed out by others at the club.

"He did not say he is leaving football. Others have decided for him that he will not play for Roma anymore," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I hope Francesco decides to have fun and enjoy himself again. I don't imagine him going to another Italian club. Abroad, yes. 

"Could he unite with Alessandro Nesta at Miami? I have no idea.

"I know him. It will have cost him to maintain balance and respect. But I'm not surprised. I know what Francesco has given Roma - he carried them on his shoulders. 

"Totti has made many coaches in recent years; They did not make him."

A World Cup winner and European Championship finalist with Italy, Totti has won one Serie A title at Roma, finishing second with them on eight occasions, and lifted the Coppa Italia twice.