Roma manager, Luciano Spalletti says he has a good rapport with club legend Francesco Totti and treats him just like a player.
The manager and the former Italian international fell-out at the start of his second spell with the club but claims all is well between them now as they both want what is best for the team.
“He might have a different approach, but he is still full of confidence and wants to help Roma achieve their objectives. I try to involve everyone in what is best for Roma,” he said.
“I treat Francesco like a real football player and frankly I am one of the few who still does. I choose him if he has a better chance of doing well than someone else.
“It seems to me as if some in the media want me to pick him regardless of form, which doesn’t seem fair to the others. Totti is a leader and a reference point for everyone, regardless of whether he plays or not.
“He has the charisma that comes from his history and quality. I’ve always seen him as a trequartista who sends others clear on goal, but if the team is able to support him adequately then he can also play as a False 9.
“Totti can do what he wants in future and any role he desires. We are both moving in the same direction, which is to get results for Roma.
“I care for Francesco, which is why I don’t go around telling him things that aren’t true.”
Roma currently sit third on the Serie A log with 63 points and will play against Bologna on Monday night.