Roma begin life after Francesco Totti

Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) It’s more than a new start, it’s a new era. 6th July 2017 is a historic day all because of one high-profile absentee: after 25 seasons (plus 3 in the youth teams), Totti’s car hasn’t pulled up to the gates of Trigoria. At least for now, because his future will still be at Roma, albeit in another guise. What that may be isn’t clear yet and won’t be until he meets the directors, a meeting that he has preferred to push back: once his new role has been clearly identified, the pre-agreed 6-year contract will be ‘activated’; whether this will happen during the US tour or later remains to be seen. It could be said, however, that Totti has already completed his first task as a ‘director’: 1 month ago he met Mancini in Saint Tropez and the two, who are very close, discussed Manolas and Paredes among other things. In the end, only the Argentine went to Zenit, but Francesco’s ‘recommendation’ will have had its use.

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Bogdan Lobont starts 9th season with Roma

Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Time passes, but not for him. Goalkeepers come and go, but Roma are not letting go of such a loyal professional. He has witnessed 2 sets of owners, a lengthy takeover process, and an unending line of players, sponsors and directors going in and out, without ever losing his place in the squad. This morning, Bogdan Lobont begins his 9th season at Trigoria: it might be his last as a player, given that his contract (worth €250,000) expires at the end of it, as well as the fact he will be 40 in 2018, but it is likely that general director Baldissoni will ask him to take up another role with the club.

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Roma’s revolving doors in defence: all the defensive transfers since 2011

Pagine Romaniste (Alessio Nardo) Is a revolution needed or not? At Roma, it’s usually the first option. Whether it’s a question of strategy or of player trading, fans are now all too aware of these phrases. They are part of a vocabulary in modern football that fans like less and less, as they are forced to live in a state of perennial anxiety. Of fear, almost. Because there is always the chance, lurking just around the corner, that the team will lose a key player. Particularly in defence. There was a time when fans would be able to become closely attached to a good player, as there was a high chance that they would see him wearing a Giallorossi shirt for a long time. Think of players like Aldair, Candela, Cafu, Zago, Mexes, Panucci. All very talented defenders, who enjoyed successful spells at Trigoria for long periods of time. They left an indelible mark behind.

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Stephan El Shaarawy rejects all offers to stay at Roma

Tuttomercatoweb.com (Francesco Fontana) The future of Stephan El Shaarawy looks as though it will be with the Giallorossi. Tuttomercatoweb.com has learned that there is a lot of interest in the 1992-born forward (tied to Roma until 2020), with big offers arriving from the Premier League and La Liga, as well as interest from the Chinese Super League. However, their offers and propositions have all been rejected. El Shaarawy’s ‘no’ has been firm, and it is equally clear that he intends to stay with Roma for some time yet.