Francesco Totti has reportedly turned down a​n offer to continue his playing career and has chosen to remain with AS Roma.

The 40-year-old brought an end to his amazing 21-year spell with the Italian side last month, but refused to confirm whether or not he would be done with playing.

AS Roma v Genoa CFC - Serie A

According to Corriere dello Sport, Totti was approached by American side New York Cosmos, who offered him the opportunity to continue playing. However, he is said to have spurned the offer, deciding to remain with Roma.

The report also claims that a few Chinese Super League clubs had shown interest, yet Totti has opted to join the Giallorossi's technical staff, with new boss Eusebio di Francesco convincing him to take up the role.

Di Francesco, Totti's ex-teammate who took over at the club last month, wants the former midfielder to help connect the squad to the club's hierarchy.

Totti is viewed as an absolute legend at Roma. He played over 600 league games for the side, scoring 250 goals in the process, and also helped his country bring home the World Cup in 2006.

AS Roma v Genoa CFC - Serie A

His presence in the club's dressing room should be beneficial to their current crop of players, as he has been around long enough to have gained loads of experience that he can pass on to the younger generation.

Many fans would have loved it if the veteran could have gone on playing another season, but they should be happy with his decision to remain part of the organisation, having played for one club all his life.