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Francesco Totti opens up in an interview with France Football, discussing his past almost-deals with Sampdoria and Real Madrid, why he hopes Roma does not retire his #10, and how well he is treated by Roma fans. Gazzetta dello Sport (English-edition) has the highlights.

Also in today’s Gazzetta, Giorgio Chiellini opens up on a number of topics, including racism in calcio. The money quote: “Like our coach said, in certain away matches for Juventus it seems like going into a war. A game should always be something pleasant.”

Former Azzurri and Serie A star Gennaro Gattuso has reportedly agreed to a contract to become the next manager of newly relegated Palermo. First he has to extricate himself from his current contract with FC Sion in Switzerland. Be warned, Palermo fans, his record as a player-manager is somewhat ugly. The details via SuperSport.

Miguel Delaney at ESPN FC highlights the era of the “superclub” which more than league defines who will be competitors in the UEFA Champions League. Among his clubs he lists are Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus. His analysis is frankly poor and more name-dropping than analysis, but it is worth a read since Jonathan Wilson made the same argument a week ago in The Guardian.

Our last link is a somber one: the translated statement on the Juventus website to mark the 28th anniversary of the Heysel tragedy.

Transfer rumor of the day: Tuttosport are claiming that Juventus will not only sign the highly sought-after Stevan Jovetic but will send money, Luca Marrone, and Fabio Quagliarella to Fiorentina in exchange for him. Call me suspicious of such a haul for the Viola.

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