Francesco Totti's career-long association with Roma is not about to end, according to Monaco sporting director Vadim Vasilyev.
The ex-Azerbaijan striker, who now takes up residency in the Stade Louis II's offices, has rejected rumours linking the rich club with a move for Totti after the Italian legend was spotted watching the team's win over Rennes, per Ian Holyman of ESPN:
"No, not at all, even if I was very happy to see him [Totti won't be joining]," Vasilyev told RMC. "But he isn't here for any sort of talks. That's not the case."
Totti, who has represented Roma's senior side since 1992, is approaching the end of a glittering career. The 37-year-old has played in eight of 14 Serie A games this season, scoring three goals and providing six assists, per WhoScored.com.
A move at this stage in Totti's career would be something of a last hurrah, but with Roma sitting three points behind Juventus at the summit of Italy's top division, he has plenty to stay and fight for in the city of his birth.
Roma is a club built on experienced heads, with veterans such as Daniele De Rossi, Federico Balzaretti and Morgan De Sanctis helping a plethora of developing talents to settle in.
Totti's importance extends far beyond the pitch, and he should be considered alongside the likes of Ryan Giggs and Steven Gerrard as the embodiment of everything his club represents.
Monaco's endless array of bucks—which has seen players such as Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez brought to the club—ensure they are regularly linked with world-class players, with Angel Di Maria the latest to be rumoured, per Ben Jefferson of The Express.
Claudio Ranieri's team has also been a haven for older players since the injection of funds. Individuals such as Jeremy Toulalan, Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal have played important roles in the team's ascension to third place, five points away from Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1.
While Totti may be tempted by the luxuries of life in Monaco, Vasilyev's quick denial of a potential move highlights the loyalty of a player who has defined Roma's success across the last two decades.
Now, Rudi Garcia's team are finally in title-challenging shape, and it would be a foolish time to end such a memorable tenure in the Italian capital.
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