Antonio Cassano launched an attack on Milan and Adriano Galliani after his transfer to Inter. “This time I’m not the one who got it wrong. I wasn't ungrateful.”
The fiery striker has moved around Roma, Real Madrid and Sampdoria with controversial spells and temper tantrums, but surprised many with his switch across San Siro this week.
“The important thing for me was for everyone to agree with the move. I want to thank the President, but also Marco Branca and Piero Ausilio,” said Cassano in today’s Press conference. “I publicly thank them because they had faith in Antonio the man.
“Massimo Moratti told me many things, but I won’t reveal them. He wanted me here back from the days of Roberto Mancini. However, as I was completely crazy at the time, it was right not to sign me.
“There was steam coming out of my ears, but now I am relaxed and calm, so it’s a good decision to bring me to Inter. I am happy to be here.”
Cassano has so far refused to reveal why he put in a transfer request at Milan, but hinted it was Vice-President Galliani.
“When I joined Milan I said that if I got it wrong there then I ought to be locked up. Well, this time I’m not the one who got it wrong. I had to leave. There was someone above the Coach who did something wrong and I can’t stand it when people take me for a ride.
“When I was ill, my teammates were very close to me, but this person promised so much. He was all mouth and no trousers.
“This time I want to deal with men who let me know when things are right or wrong. I want to be told face to face what the real situation is. Elsewhere they say some things and do others instead.
“The promises that Milan made? Ask this other person, who is so good at turning the situation around. He gets on only with those who suck up to him, but that’s not my style.”
FantAntonio had expressed his dismay over the summer at the idea Thiago Silva could be sold, so was distraught when both the defender and Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to PSG simultaneously. He also expected a new contract that never materialised.
“I counted for very little at Milan. I thank the people there who helped me out and even saved my life, while Mauro Tassotti was very close to me. You cannot say I was ungrateful. It was important for me to come to Inter because they are a team who want to win.
“I had a good offer from Qatar, which I would like, but I’d love to be at the World Cup with Italy and that means playing in a 'real' League. I’ve always supported Inter and everyone wanted me here, while I really wanted to work with Yuto Nagatomo. Will I debut tomorrow against Pescara? The Coach will see.”
Cassano also famously said at his presentation that "above Milan there is only sky," but he added to the phrase today. "Above the sky there is Inter."