Antonio Cassano Retiring After Terminating Hellas Verona Contract

Elias Hubbard
July 24, 2017

Verona forward Antonio Cassano has reportedly chose to retire a second time in the space of a week.

The striker recently said he was going to quit the game, before announcing last Tuesday that he had reversed his decision and would honour his contract with Hellas Verona for the upcoming term, per BBC Sport.

"As opposed to what appeared on my wife's official social profiles, I would like to clarify the following", read the statement. Cassano explained that being apart from his family was proving too much and he did not feel he could offer Hellas the performance levels they expected following nearly a year out of the game after being frozen out during his final season at Sampdoria.

"For a 35-year-old man I need to be motivated and at this moment I feel that my priority is represented by being close to my children and my wife".

His family paid the 35-year-old a visit in their training camp, and he said this had encouraged him to continue.

The veteran forward is unhappy as his family have not opted to move to Verona with him; as noted by BBC Sport, his family are based in Genoa, which is around 180 miles away from his new club.

"This lad just can't cope psychologically, even if physically and athletically he's in very good shape", Setti told ANSA.

Earlier on Monday the Verona president, Maurizio Setti, had confirmed Cassano's departure with immediate effect. He joined Hellas Verona as a free agent on July 10, having been released from Sampdoria in January.

"Professionally, you can't accuse him of doing anything wrong". The former AS Roma, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Sampdoria striker surprised fans last week by reportedly mooting a shock retirement only to deny it at a press conference.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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