Thursday June 16 2011
Cassano told to stay by Tassotti

Milan assistant boss Mauro Tassotti has urged Antonio Cassano to remain and fight for his place at the club.

"I would suggest to Antonio that he stays here with us," the former Italian international told Milan Channel.

"He knows what we all think of him here – we class him as a great champion. The amount of games he plays next season depends on him."

Cassano and Milan have stated that the two do not intend to separate this summer, but rumours continue to circulate that he could move on.

Cassano is not guaranteed first team football at Milan in a squad which includes Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Pippo Inzaghi.

He made 17 appearances for the champions in the past campaign, but only totalled 921 minutes – that's an average of 54 minutes per match.

Reaching Euro 2012 with Italy is an important target for a player whose past problems have seen him miss out on World Cup tournaments.

He did feature at Euro 2004 and Euro 2008, but both of those competitions ended in disappointment.

Cassano, who is represented by Giuseppe Bozzo, has been strongly linked with Fiorentina in the past few weeks after almost joining the Viola in January 2010.

Napoli and Palermo are also possible options even if unlikely at this stage.

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