Tuesday July 18 2017
Report: Cassano to retire

Antonio Cassano will announce his retirement this afternoon, reports suggest - eight days after signing for Verona.

The forward joined the Butei last week on a free transfer, having not played in over a year after being frozen out and then released by Sampdoria.

FantAntonio is known for his volatile character, and Gazzetta dello Sport says that he has decided to retire just over a week into his contract.

The newspaper reports that he will leave Verona, and almost certainly stop playing altogether, for family reasons - specifically that he's homesick.

Cassano had played in the first two friendly games of pre-season, but it appears he may never make a competitive appearance.

He will hold a Press conference at 3pm UK time, where an official announcement and an explanation is expected.