Roma coach Spalletti enjoys 'perfect' relationship with Totti

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Roma coach Spalletti enjoys perfect relationship with Totti
Luciano Spalletti talks to the Press as Mohamed Salah looks on.

Published: Thu 19 May 2016, 10:43 PM

Last updated: Fri 20 May 2016, 12:47 AM

AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has said that he enjoys a 'perfect' relationship with club veteran and captain Francesco Totti despite the two being involved in an alleged bust-up last month.
 Spalletti returned for a second spell at Roma this January after Rudi Garcia was shown the door and since then, one-club man Totti, has not had enough playing time. The 39-year-old Totti, who joined the Giallorossi in 1992, was critical of his lack of playing time under the new manager. He has made just 13 appearances with five goals and four assists this season, most often coming on as a substitute.
The pair were then involved in an alleged row after their Serie A game against Atalanta in April. They seem to have made peace since then but Totti has been stalling over a one-year contract extension offered by Roma director Mauro Baldissoni. It is being said that Totti wants a role at the club afte retirement, preferrable as technical director.
 But Spalletti said that he has a good relationship with his captain. "It is perfect and couldn't be better. Everytime I let him come on the pitch, he comes in and he scores a goal," Spalletti said on the eve of AS Roma's friendly against Egyptian side Al Ahly in Dubai on Thursday.
 The Serie A giants will take on Al Ahly, the most successful club in Egyptian football history, at the iconic Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Friday night. And if Spalletti is to be believed, the match, titled the 'Champions Golden Cup,' will see the likes of Totti, Edin Dzeko, Maicon, Daniele De Rossi and Egypt's very own Mohamed Salah.
 The 57-year-old promised all seriousness despite it being a friendly. "We will try to do our best be it a friendly or official games otherwise you run the serious risk of making a bad account of yourself which is of course not what we want. I will try to field all of my players and I will make sure that we have a good starting line-up," said Spalletti. "This match will allow us to know the different style of football and the tactical qualities of coach Martin Jol and also the skills of players such as Hossam Ghaly. We believe that through these matches we can improve and we are ready to learn a few things from teams such as Al Ahly," he added.
 Meanwhile, former Chelsea ace Mohamed Salah was eager to go up against a team from his homeland. "We know the strengths of Al Ahly. We are focussed on the game and I'm really excited to play against them," said Salah.

By James Jose

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