Antonio Cassano says he has no intention of retiring from soccer but, including he left Hellas Verona after lower than a month as a result of he didn’t really feel issues have been proper for him there.
Cassano, 35, joined Verona this summer season after greater than a yr spent on the sidelines, having been marginalised after which launched by Sampdoria, but his keep there was blighted by what was reported as homesickness.
The previous Italy worldwide threatened to give up Verona earlier than being satisfied to present it one other likelihood, however he left the Serie A membership days later with the suggestion he was retiring from the sport.
However chatting with La Stampa, Cassano has clarified that he has not retired and he’s now hopeful the appropriate provide will arrive earlier than the brand new season begins.
“Once I spoke with Hellas, I by no means mentioned ‘I am retiring,'” Cassano mentioned. “I might problem anyone who claims the alternative. Different issues have been written, however the fact is that this: after we terminated my contract, they requested about inserting a compensation clause within the occasion that I discovered one other membership.
“I accepted. It has nothing to do with homesickness. I undoubtedly need to proceed and I’ve various concepts, however no provides. The primary factor is I take pleasure in myself, like I at all times have carried out in my profession.”
Cassano has determined to return to his household residence in Liguria and is ready for the following alternative to come up.
“Life is made of choices and you may make choices which you assume are proper after which rethink them,” Cassano mentioned. “It is occurred billions of instances on the planet, but when it occurs to a footballer, it makes extra noise.
“Then should you add to that it’s Cassano, then he is simply loopy. I’ve made loads [of decisions] in my crazed life, however I’m not silly, and above all I’ve at all times been coherent. As for every part else, I’m used to residing with media pressures. I’ve develop into a raincoat — rain simply slides off me.
“The spark merely didn’t ignite with Hellas and I realised that right away. It is like being with a girl and realising you do not need to spend time along with her. It is a query of feeling, of one thing within the air.”
Cassano nonetheless hopes the appropriate provide will come from a Serie A membership, even when Virtus Entella — who’re primarily based in close by Chiavari — are a lovely choice in Serie B.
“I felt it was higher to interrupt issues fairly than drag them on. [Entella] can be an enormous problem, to attempt to get a miraculous promotion into Serie A,” he mentioned. “I used to be near them in February. I had accepted however I took an evening to consider it after which didn’t really feel it was time to drop right down to Serie B but.
“Now, if anyone needs me they should name me as a result of I haven’t got an agent. I am going to wait till September, in any other case I’ll simply keep at residence.”
Ben Gladwell stories on Serie A, the Italian nationwide group and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Affiliation. @UEFAcomBenG.