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Totti agrees Roma deal extension


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Totti is guaranteed a role within Roma when his contract ends in 2010

ROME, Italy -- Temperamental Roma captain Francesco Totti on Tuesday extended his contract with the Serie A club.

The 28-year-old striker, who has spent his entire professional career with his hometown club, agreed a new deal worth 10.4million euros a season that ends in June 2010.

Totti, whose original contract was due to expire in June 2006, has been repeatedly linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

He will give a press conference at Roma's Trigoria training ground on Wednesday.

Earlier in the season, Totti had threatened to leave Roma if the board's ambition did not match his own.

Yet despite finishing eighth in the league, a massive 41 points behind champions Juventus, the Italy international has decided to stay loyal to the 'Giallorossi'.

The contract gives Roma control of Totti's image rights, while he is guaranteed a role within the club once he retires.

Totti, who received a three-match ban at Euro 2004 for spitting in the face of Danish defender Christian Poulsen, has played for Roma for 13 seasons and helped them to the league title in 2001.

Last month he received a five-game domestic suspension for lashing out at Siena defender Francesco Colonnese.

He returned for Roma's last league game of the season, a 0-0 draw at home to Chievo last Sunday.

Marcello Lippi left Totti out of the Italy squad for next Saturday's 2006 World Cup qualifier against Norway for what the Italy coach described as "technical reasons".


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