Where was Antonio Cassano while his Sampdoria side were dumped out of Europe? He was dinning with Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
Doria crashed out of the Europa League on Wednesday after defeat at home to PSV, but Cassano didn't watch.
Frozen out of the side after a row with President Riccardo Garrone, the club are now trying to rescind the player's contract.
Azzurri Coach Prandelli has insisted in recent times that he wouldn't abandon the international and his midweek meeting with the player confirms as much.
Cassano and Prandelli met in a Portovenere restaurant called La Marina, situated in the province of La Spezia – half way between where Cassano lives in Genoa and Prandelli's home in Florence.
Reports in the peninsula on Friday claim that the pair spent a few hours together locked in deep conversation.
It's unclear as to exactly what were the topics of conversation, but Cassano is at a crossroads in his career.
Prandelli needs Cassano to be playing regular first team football again after omitting him from the last national squad for the friendly with Romania.
Cassano has stated that he wants to join a club close to the city of Genoa and reports this week claim that Inter could be his next destination.
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