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BREAKING: Antonio Cassano To Retire From Football For Real This Time?

BREAKING: Antonio Cassano To Retire From Football For Real This Time?

Antonio Cassano has performed a u-turn on a u-turn, on another u-turn, with yet another twist in his Hellas Verona career just two weeks after joining the club.

The move looked to have been cut extremely short when Italian media outlets reported that just eight days after putting pen to paper and looking sharp in pre-season outings, the well-travelled striker was to quit the yellow and blues and retire from football, citing homesickness as the reason.

Image: PA

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Cassano would then stage a press conference where he was expected to announce his retirement, but instead revealed his change of heart and announced his desire to continue playing.

Commenting on his decision, as quoted by AS, Cassano said:

"This morning I had a moment of weakness, but I want to keep on playing. Sometimes I make errors, but I want to win this bet.

"After a year and a half living with my family, I missed my wife and my children. She is my strength, and she said that they couldn't see me not playing football. That made me emotional. I have failed, and I ask forgiveness from everyone.

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"Now I want to have the last miracle of my career, I want to have a good season. I still have a lot to offer."

However, he appears to have changed his mind yet again, with Di Marzio and Sky Italia reporting that Cassano has decided to call it quits for real this time and is terminating his Hellas contract:

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Talk about indecisiveness. We've never come across anything like it in our life. But then again, this is Antonio Cassano we are talking about.

UPDATE: Premium Sport are reporting that Cassano is indeed leaving Verona, but he is not retiring from the game altogether.

The 35-year old turned out for Bari, Roma. Real Madrid, Sampdoria, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Parma and Hellas, where he hasn't made a competitive appearance.

He also played 39 times for Italy, scoring 10 times. What a topsy-turvy 20-year career in the game he has had.

Featured Image Credit: Hellas Verona

Topics: Football, Antonio Cassano, Hellas Verona

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