AC Milan president Adriano Gallaini has revealed that the club has missed out on signing Totti and Xavi when they were young.
Roma legend Francesco Totti celebrated the 20th anniversary of his Serie A debut on Thursday. The 36-year-old also scored his 226th goal against Parma few days back, which crossed Gunnar Nordahl’s tally of goals in the league and the Roman is now the second highest scorer in the history of Serie A. Although some have pointed out that he should have left Roma in order to win more trophies that player like him deserves, but in all honesty, he has always been more than just a footballer for Roma.
But according to Adriano Gallaini’s recent statement, it could have been so different for Francesco Totti and AS Roma. The AC Milan president has revealed that his club missed out on signing Francesco Totti and a midfielder by the name of Xavi, when they starting their footballing careers.
“Was Totti close to signing for AC Milan? As a kid, yes, but not recently. We were closer in bringing Xavi to the club, there was even a contract. I was dealing with the father of the player at the time but did not realize I also had to deal with his mother.” Galliani was quoted in press.
The 68-year-old has also congratulated Totti on his achievement of becoming the second highest goal scorer in Serie A, but he insisted that if Milan would have been able to retain Shevchenko, the Ukrainian striker would have beaten Silvio Piola’s record of most number of goals in Serie A.
“He [Totti] equaled Nordahl’s record, who was our star and he only has Silvio Piola infront of him so congratulations.
“I always regret that if my friend Andriy Shevchenko had not left Italy, he would have probably beaten Piola’s record.” – The AC Milan president added.
Meanwhile, Milan has secured the future of one of their rising stars as El Shaarawy has signed a new contract that would run till 2018, the club announced. The 20-year-old who has been scintillating form this season – scoring 18 goals and four assists – has been linked with Manchester United and Manchester City in recent times. But with this contract extension, Milan’s future looks bright.