Wednesday July 18 2012
Cassano linked with Samp return

The Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Antonio Cassano could be considering a return to Sampdoria given Milan’s player exodus.

The Rossoneri will have a much-changed squad in 2012-13 after a host of individuals left at the end of their contracts, while the club have sold Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain.

Cassano raised doubts about his future back in June when Thiago Silva was first linked with a switch to France.

“It will be hard to give Thiago Silva away, very hard,” Cassano stated from Italy’s Euro 2012 training camp. “The club need to be clear about the plans for next season.

“He is 50 per cent of our team and without him we would only be able to fight for Champions League qualification.

“Will I stay? I don’t know. I have an idea which I will keep to myself.”

That idea could be a return to Sampdoria, the club he left in acrimonious circumstances in January 2011.

The 30-year-old was a fan favourite at Marassi following his 2007 switch from Real Madrid, until a fall-out with President Riccardo Garrone.

The two men have since made peace, even if Garrone rubbished the idea of a Cassano return earlier this summer.

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