Despite reportedly telling local journalists the opposite, Massimo Cellino has come out to deny that he will quit as Cagliari President.
The outspoken owner of the Sardinian club concluded an interview late last week with local paper L’Unione Sarda with the assertion that he will be leaving his role in the summer.
However, in a statement released through the club’s website, Cellino, who has been involved in an ongoing dispute with city authorities over Cagliari’s stadium, has recommitted himself to the club.
“I have never thought to quit Cagliari,” began the statement prepared by Cellino.
“I would not want the headlines to give the impression that I am willing to give up under the weight of the malicious insinuations that for years now have unfortunately regularly targeted my person.
“We have always tried with our actions at Cagliari to hold high the prestige of the city and the island. Current circumstances have caused us to find alternative ways to be sure to fight off relegation in Serie A.
“Unfortunately we cannot stop and our focus must constantly be on the future.”
The club took their weekend game with Inter away from the Sant’Elia and 600 miles north east to Trieste, prompting an angry outburst by Cagliari’s mayor.
“In the end, I have the same goal [as the mayor], to preserve the image of the city. We are just two men with responsibilities and commitments we cannot ignore. The city of Cagliari and Cagliari Calcio existed before us and will continue to exist after us.”
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