Totti focused on European qualification
Thursday 19 March 2009
Francesco Totti claims he is not considering his own contract situation until he is confident that AS Roma have secured Champions League football for next season.
Totti's campaign has been plagued by a succession of knee injuries but, with the Giallorossi currently sixth in the Serie A table, the club captain is not thinking about his own future.
Reports in the Italian media had suggested that Totti, whose current deal expires in 2010, was on the verge of signing a new contract to see out his career at the Stadio Olimpico.
"Reaching the Champions League is fundamental for us," he said.
"We have to qualify for it because it's an important competition for the club, the fans and the city. We have to get over all the injuries and problems to reach our objective.
"The contract is not a problem for me. I am sure the club will choose the right moment to discuss my future with me."
AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has vowed to come back stronger from his season-ending knee ligament injury.
Abbiati, 31, had successfully resurrected his career after becoming the Rossoneri's number one this season following a disappointing three-year spell when he was loaned out to a number of clubs.
But after an accidental collision with team-mate Giuseppe Favalli last weekend which resulted in serious knee ligament damage, Abbiati will be out of action for around six months.
"It's the worst injury setback of my career," he admitted. "But I am keeping calm and I accept it. I am already looking ahead and hope to recover as soon as possible.
"When I will return to action, I will have to re-claim my place in the starting XI."
Meanwhile, the club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani believes there will be a significant reduction in the amount of money changing hands in the summer transfer window.
Galliani thinks the current global economic downturn will begin to be felt in the football world, where he predicts a universal tightening of the belt across Europe.
He warned: "There are going to be lots of swaps and exchange of players, rather than cash. Some clubs can still afford to put a lot of money down, but many can't. I am sure of it."
Meanwhile, Galliani refused to comment on reports that Milan are lining up a summer move for unsettled Internazionale full-back Maxwell.
When asked about the Brazilian, he replied: "I do not want to speak about Inter or any of their players."
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