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Lippi: I won't wait for Cassano

snakies2010-05-04 12:59:32 +0000 #1
Italy boss Marcello Lippi has warned Antonio Cassano that he cannot wait forever for the Roma star to resolve his contractual problems.

“If Antonio is not in the Azzurri squad, it is because he hasn’t really played at club level this season,” Lippi told ‘Tuttosport’.

“I don’t know the precise reasons why he has been excluded from the Roma side, but until the situation changes, I cannot bring him in. I have not placed any deadlines, but I cannot wait for eternity.”

Cassano was one of the most impressive Italy players in the Euro 2004 campaign and was set to take a starring role in the 2006 World Cup, but the contractual row with Roma could rule him out of the tournament.

His contract with the club expires at the end of the season, but the Giallorossi have threatened to leave him in the stands unless he signs a new deal or agrees a January move to Inter.

Cassano, on the other hand, is hoping to hang on so that he can be a free agent and join the side of his choice – said to be Juventus – in the summer.

A new meeting with former Coach Bruno Conti failed to resolve the matter, but there are reports Cassano could be included in the Roma squad travelling to Messina this weekend.

Meanwhile, Roma have officially ended their rapport with defender Luigi Sartor. The 30-year-old’s deal was set to expire in June, but the contract was rescinded so that he can join another club as a free agent. It’s believed the former Parma man is looking for a Premiership switch.


snakies2010-05-04 13:08:43 +0000 #2
Luciano Spalletti has now confirmed that Antonio Cassano will not play in a Roma jersey until he signs a new contract.

“The club has a project for the future and I will only use players who share that vision,” stated the Coach in today’s Press Conference.

Cassano has now recovered from an ankle injury, but he has not been included in the squad travelling to Messina for Sunday’s game and official confirmation arrived that it was a disciplinary decision.

“Antonio seemed physically fit in training and is fully recovered now, but this has nothing to do with why he wasn’t picked. Will he be left out until he signs a new contract? That is possible.”

The tug of war between the Italian international and Roma has been going on for over a year, but reached a head because he will be a free agent in the summer.

It’s believed the Giallorossi want him to pen a new contract or join Inter in January, whereas Cassano would prefer to wait until June and sign for Juventus.

The situation could, however, cost him his place in the 2006 World Cup squad, as Marcello Lippi warned that he “will not wait forever” and cannot call someone for international duty who is not playing at club level.

Meanwhile, the capital club faces a difficult trip to Sicily on Sunday afternoon, where they will take on struggling Messina.

“They have rediscovered their unity after a tough time in which everything was going wrong for them. I am concerned about taking on Zlatan Muslimovic, as I know this striker well and he can cause problems for opposition defences.”

Spalletti must do without the suspended Daniele De Rossi and Cristian Chivu, while Messina are missing Riccardo Zampagna and Ivica Iliev. However, the Sicilians finally won their first game of the season at Lecce last week with a brace from former Roma youngster Gaetano D’Agostino.

“D’Agostino scored two important goals to get his side out of trouble and is definitely a talent. Coppola and Massimo Donati are also key players, but we can win this match. It’s still possible we can aim for fourth place, although I prefer to set simple goals so that we can build our way to a long-term ambition.
cannuman2010-05-04 13:12:59 +0000 #3
I'm sorry for Antonio. he was the best in Euro2004. He can make the difference in Germany....
soccerates2010-05-04 13:16:12 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by snakies

Italy boss Marcello Lippi has warned Antonio Cassano that he cannot wait forever for the Roma star to resolve his contractual problems.

“If Antonio is not in the Azzurri squad, it is because he hasn’t really played at club level this season,” Lippi told ‘Tuttosport’.

“I don’t know the precise reasons why he has been excluded from the Roma side, but until the situation changes, I cannot bring him in. I have not placed any deadlines, but I cannot wait for eternity.”

Cassano was one of the most impressive Italy players in the Euro 2004 campaign and was set to take a starring role in the 2006 World Cup, but the contractual row with Roma could rule him out of the tournament.

His contract with the club expires at the end of the season, but the Giallorossi have threatened to leave him in the stands unless he signs a new deal or agrees a January move to Inter.

Cassano, on the other hand, is hoping to hang on so that he can be a free agent and join the side of his choice – said to be Juventus – in the summer.

A new meeting with former Coach Bruno Conti failed to resolve the matter, but there are reports Cassano could be included in the Roma squad travelling to Messina this weekend.

Meanwhile, Roma have officially ended their rapport with defender Luigi Sartor. The 30-year-old’s deal was set to expire in June, but the contract was rescinded so that he can join another club as a free agent. It’s believed the former Parma man is looking for a Premiership switch.

Roma sucks for what they are doing. I don't care what the detractors say, but Cassano has skill, and can do amazing things...his partnership with Gilardino and Totti can be lethal. Yes Toni is ripping it up in the Serie A at the moment - amazing, so having Toni/Cassano would send shivers down the oppositions spine!

Bring Cassano BACK!
cannuman2010-05-04 13:40:15 +0000 #5
I agree with soccerates. There should be Totti + Gilardino/Toni + Cassano/Iaquinta on attack. In some matches 2 strikers (Gila + Toni) would be better, but normally Cassano or Iaquinta would help to trick and open up the defence.

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