Cassano announces retirement after less than a week with Serie C side Virtus Entella

Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has announced his retirement after training for less than a week with Virtus Entella.

In a statement on Saturday, the attacker called time on his 19-year stint as a professional player, declaring that he wanted to concentrate on other matters.  

‘The day has come where you decide that it’s really over,’ he said. ‘I have other priorities now.’

Antonio Cassano(front-right)  has announced his retirement from professional football

Antonio Cassano(front-right)  has announced his retirement from professional football

Antonio Cassano(front-right)  has announced his retirement from professional football

The former Italy international striker had been training with Serie C side Virtus Entella

The former Italy international striker had been training with Serie C side Virtus Entella

The former Italy international striker had been training with Serie C side Virtus Entella

Entella, based near Cassano’s current home in Genoa, announced a week ago that Cassano would begin training with the club ‘without any contractual obligation.’ 

Cassano, 36, last played for Sampdoria in May 2016. He signed for Hellas Verona before last season but left the club after two weeks, saying he missed his family.

The forward scored 10 goals in 39 appearances for Italy. He was known almost as much for his passing wizardry and scoring abilities as for his temperamental behavior.

Cassano played for AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid among others during his career

Cassano played for AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid among others during his career

Cassano played for AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid among others during his career

Cassano also played for his hometown club Bari, and Roma, Real Madrid, Sampdoria, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Parma.

Entella are still waiting to learn which division they will play in this season. The club maintain they should be re-admitted to Serie B after Cesena were relegated because of false accounting.

Entella have played only one match in Serie C while awaiting the outcome of the legal fight.

 

To be continued

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