The ex-Manchester United boss admitted that he attempted to acquire the former Italy international’s services, but the Roma hero would not depart his home club.
Sir Alex Ferguson
revealed that he tried to get
’s signature when he was in charge ofManchester United
, but theRoma
legend rejected his offer and would not leave the club he had long been representing. He featured for Roma from 1992 to 2017, playing in 619Serie A
clashes and meeting the target 250 times. He contributed to one League title as well as two Coppa Italia.
If Ferguson convinced Totti, the Roma star would have excelled at United during his eminent career.
The former United boss toldGazzetta dello Sport
before Red Devils’ Europa League semi-final clash against Roma:
“We liked the player and we would have liked to include him in our plans, but when we expressed our interest, it immediately became clear that Totti didn’t want to leave Rome.
“He was deeply attached to his city. His CV is clear. Totti has, in his career, only worn the Roma shirt.”
Totti played at Old Trafford in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2007 but in Roma’s shirt, and he underwent a disappointing defeat as his side were thrashed 7-1 by United in the second-leg.
“Each player played his best music and, together, they composed a wonderful symphony. I immediately had the feeling that I was experiencing one of those nights that rarely happens in the life of a coach.”
Ferguson hailed Roma coach
notwithstanding the results and the two had a post-match drink.
The Scot said:
“I was pleased that Spalletti accepted the invitation, despite the result and the elimination.
“He came to my office for our drink and the fact that he showed up, keeping his promise, was a demonstration of a strong personality. I can imagine it wasn’t easy for him to toast me, but he didn’t back down, like a true sportsman.”