Francesco Totti has named Real Madrid as the only club he could have left AS Roma for.
Totti, who retired in 2017, has only featured for Roma at club level in his illustrious career. The now 45-year-old debuted in 1992 for the Italian side, and made a staggering 786 appearances for I Giallorossi before retirement.
Totti had attracted transfer interest from a number of Europe's top clubs during his career, but chose to remain with the club in his heart. He has now revealed he did seriously consider a move to Real Madrid in 2006, but eventually stayed at the club, with the decision 'made from the heart'.
"Of course I thought about it," Totti told the Guardian [via Marca]. "Let's say that there were quite a few days in which we had one foot in and one foot out. Then, I've said, often and truthfully, that the choice to stay with Roma was made from the heart. In those moments, when you feel like this, you can't walk away.
"But certainly, looking back, thinking about the fact of saying no to Real Madrid, a little bit of doubt does remain.
"Real Madrid were the only other team that I could have gone to play for. The only team it could have been, I think. An experience in a different country could have been something beautiful for everyone. For my family. For me.
"When you make a choice with your own head, that can never be a wrong choice. Don't you think?"