Soccer: Age-defying Totti set for fresh start
Roma captain's form spurs talk of Italy return for World Cup17 September, 17:08
The 36-year-old one-club man scored a fine goal on Monday to consolidate his position as Serie A's second-top scorer of all time and help Roma to a 3-1 win at Parma.
The victory enabled Roma to maintain their perfect record, with three wins from their first three Serie A games, and make sure they go into next weekend's derby against Lazio as joint leaders along with Napoli.
"I've always wanted to wear this shirt. It's the only one I love and I'll honour it until the end," said Totti.
"This result is the best possible medicine and we go into the derby with the right spirit". Totti's goal against Parma was his 228th in Serie A.
Only Silvio Piola, who notched 274 goals for Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus and Novara between 1929 and 1954, has scored more in the Italian top flight.
Furthermore, the tally only partially reflects his contribution, as he is a playmaker as well as a striker.
With his class undiminished by age, Roma look set to offer Totti a two-year contract renewal.
"We working on the details," said Roma General Manager Mauro Baldissoni. "We're ready".
Earlier this year Prandelli said he would be forced to call up Totti if he keeps playing so well, even though he will be close to 38 by the time of the next World Cup.
The Roma captain took a break from international football after he helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup.
He went on to retire completely from the national team without returning.
He said at the time that his body was not up to the demands of regularly playing for both club and country, but he has occasionally hinted he would be willing to come out of retirement for a big tournament.
Totti has quickly adapted to the new methods of French coach Rudi Garcia, who seems to have transformed a talented side demoralised by several seasons of disappointment and turned them into genuine contenders for the Serie A title.
The derby against Lazio, who have six points from three games, will be a major test of the progress Roma are making.
Roma will also be eager to avenge the painful 1-0 defeat they suffered against their city rivals in last season's Italian Cup final - a loss that also meant they are missing out on European competition this term. Totti has only ever played senior football for Roma, having spurned the chance to join bigger clubs, including Real Madrid, to stay with the side he supported as a child. He made his senior debut for Roma aged 16 over 20 years ago and helped them win the league title in 2001 and the Italian Cup in 2007 and 2008.
As well as being a fine footballer, Totti is also one of the country's best-loved personalities.
He is Italy's nearest equivalent to a David Beckham-style star, with his blue-eyed rugged looks and beautiful TV presenter wife, Ilary Blasi.
He has a dry, typically Roman wit in radio interviews and has shown skills as a comic actor in TV commercials.
He is a committed family man too.
His distinctive thumb-sucking goal celebration comes from when Blasi gave birth to the couple's first child.