Wednesday 13 November 2019

Antonio Cassano joins Hellas Verona, retires and then un-retires in the space of eight days

Antonio Cassano of UC Sampdoria reacts during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Carlo Castellani on March 12, 2016 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Antonio Cassano of UC Sampdoria reacts during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Carlo Castellani on March 12, 2016 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Former Italy striker Antonio Cassano has announced he will continue his career with Hellas Verona after having a change of heart.

The 35-year-old faced the media on Tuesday afternoon amid rumours he was set to retire just eight days after joining Serie A newcomers Hellas.

But Cassano instead announced that he intends to remain with the club after reversing his decision.

He told a press conference: "It was a tough time this morning. I was tired and I had a meeting with the director and said I wanted to take a break.

"My choice is to keep playing. I had a moment of weakness.

"I often think with my gut, this time I decided with my head, thanks to my wife, the director and (Hellas boss Fabio) Pecchia.

"The decision I made with my gut was a crazy thing, I want to have a great season with this team."

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