After Francesco Totti expressed his belief that Juventus could have afforded Alessandro Del Piero the same respect as he has received from Roma in offering the veteran a new contract with the club the Bianconeri legend has thanked the Roman for his support.
Despite his former club behind a rampant Giallorossi the 2006 World Cup winner commented that the Old Lady’s start to the season no reason to raise alarm and Carlos Tevez’ form since arriving in Turin highlights that his famous number ten shirt should not have been retired.
“I thank him for the respect and consideration that he has for me, it is fully reciprocated,” Del Piero told Corriere dello Sport.
“The history with Totti at Roma is beautiful, I am happy that he will continue there until the end of his career.
“It is good that the club continue to believe in him and the results are there. I know what it means to recover from a difficult season.
“Roma are doing very well. Sometimes teams click into something very strange, it doesn’t take much to change gear.
“He’s approaching my record of goals scored for a single club? Wow, so I was wrong to congratulate him for the start to the season.
“Records are made to be broken, I hope that Francesco succeeds.”
“I have seen them [Juventus] a little recently, but six wins and a draw from their first seven games does not seem to be something to just dismiss.
“Carlos Tevez’s form in the No 10 shirt? It confirms what I said a while ago – it is right not to retire the No 10 shirt.
“It must remain a dream for everyone. It seems to me that Tevez has started very well. I hope that he continues.”
As the 38-year-old prepares for his second year in the A-League with Sydney FC he was keen to note that increased interest in the competition, supported by a 100 per cent rise in attendances, is not solely due to his involvement.
He continued “It cannot be judged only on me. I look to the words of the [Football Federation Australia chief executive] David Gallop.
“These are incredible results, and I have noted in all the stadiums I have been to the great enthusiasm and the desire to go to the ground to enjoy the spectacle of football.
“This was not always granted in a country that offers tremendous opportunity to see other top level sport.
“If I have helped, as they are saying, to achieve all of this, I can only be satisfied.
“How have I changed after a year in Australia? I have gone back in time discovering things that I had lost, like going to the park to play with the kids, or dining outdoors, living with the door open.
“In short, this is more of a feeling of everyday life, and are the things that make me think I have changed a little. I hope for the better.”
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