Saturday February 5 2011
Cassano: 'Mou blocked my Inter move'

Antonio Cassano gave a long interview predicting absolute success for Milan and revealing “Inter wanted me, but Jose Mourinho didn't.”

The forward has had a chaotic few months following his legal battle with Sampdoria and January transfer to San Siro.

“It really is true that Milan are like a big family,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Settling in was much easier than expected. I am in great shape at the moment and will do everything to stay that way until the end of my contract. People tend to give me up as AWOL just because I have the tendency to get myself into trouble.”

Cassano did play at Marassi as an opponent last month and was repeatedly jeered by fans who felt they had been betrayed.

“Every now and then I return to Genoa, even if I have to wear a hat to avoid being recognised. I didn't expect all those jeers. In these months so many things have been said about me and I was portrayed in a bad light.

“I have to thank President Silvio Berlusconi and Vice-President Adriano Galliani for giving me this opportunity at Milan. They bet on Cassano the man as well as the player and the same gentlemanly approach was taken by Cesare Prandelli for Italy.”

Not everyone had such faith in FantAntonio, as he revealed why he nearly joined Inter.

“Massimo Moratti has admired me since my time at Real Madrid, but neither director Marco Branca nor Mourinho wanted me at Inter,” continued Cassano.

“Massimiliano Allegri is a wonderful Coach and his best asset is that he says what he thinks. Milan can win everything: Scudetto and Coppa Italia. It's a shame I can't play in the Champions League, but we've got a good chance there too and Europe fears Milan.

“We have that extra-terrestrial called Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I immediately got on well with him, as we have similar personalities. It's not true he's argumentative and if anything tries to help everyone within the squad.”

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