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After more than a year of silence,Antonio Cassano gives an interview declaring his affection towards Capello.He says that he was a father figure to him,a person who knew how to manage him as a player and bring the best out of him.He says that he wants to start winning in 2005,firstly with ROMA,and then who knows,be it in Italy or abroad.

Certainly,these are strong words from Cassano at the start of a new year.Its almost as if he is calling clubs to come and buy him.I can certainly seeing him going in the summer as I do not think that the Sensi family can buy the players that might satisfy his ambitions.Here's the interview,

Cassano rimpiange Capello
"Mi manca, era come un padre"
Dopo oltre un anno di silenzio Antonio Cassano ritrova la parola e rilascia delle dichiarazioni che infiammeranno l'asse Roma-Torino, sponda Juventus. "Capello mi manca un pochino, per non dire tanto - ha detto il barese - è stata la persona più importante. Era come un padre". Un proposito per il 2005. "Voglio vincere qualcosa di importante. Cominciamo alla Roma, ma nella vita non si sa mai. L'importante è vincere, non bisogna essere perdenti".

Una dichiarazione d'amore, rilasciata in esclusiva al Tg1 a ridosso del messaggio di fine anno alla Nazione del Presidente della Repubblica Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, davanti a una platea consistente, per rompere un silenzio che durava ormai da troppo tempo. Antonio Cassano rimpiange Fabio Capello, il tecnico che lo ha fatto diventare un campione ed è riuscito a gestirlo come nessun altro (Fascetti a parte, probabilmente). "Per me Capello è stata la persona più importante - ha dichiarato il talento di Bari vecchia - Lo ringrazierò per tutta la vita. Mi ha saputo gestire come pochi altri, e mi ha fatto diventare un calciatore importante a livello internazionale. Con lui ci sono state anche litigate, ma come tra un padre e un figlio. Se mi manca? Un pochino, per non dire tanto...".

Il giallorosso si lascia alle spalle un 2004 contraddittorio: primi 6 mesi stratosferici, culminati con un grande Europeo dove è stato il miglior azzurro, ultimi 4 da dimenticare, con continui litigi con i vari tecnici che si sono succeduti a Don Fabio (Prandelli, Voeller e Del Neri). Grande rispetto per la Roma e il suo presidente Sensi ("è una gran persona, ha fatto tanti sacrifici per la Roma e sono certo che altri ne farà"), ma il 2005 deve essere l'anno delle vittorie. "Il mio buon proposito per il 2005 è cominciare a vincere qualcosa di importante - ha spiegato - In Italia o all'estero? Da tutte e due le parti... Cominciamo alla Roma, dove ora sono. Ma nella vita non si sa mai, poi magari all'estero o ancora in Italia, non si sa. L'importante è vincere, nella vita non bisogna essere perdenti".

Un oltre obiettivo è riconquistare la Nazionale, sulla cui panchina non siede più Giovanni Trapattoni ("ha sempre rischiato mettendo la faccia in prima persona, una cosa rara nel nostro calcio"), ma Marcello Lippi ("la nazionale mi manca, tra un problema e l'altro non ho mai potuto esser convocato da Lippi: spero di tornar presto").
 

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Cassano: I miss Capello Sunday 2 January, 2005

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Antonio Cassano has launched a sensational appeal to be reunited with Juve boss Fabio Capello in the future.

“I do miss Capello a bit. Well, actually quite a lot,” revealed the Roma youngster. “He was the most important person in my career and I will never be able to thank him enough.”

This is Cassano’s first interview in almost a year and he chose it to break the bitter feud that has continued since Capello left to join Juve this summer. The Coach and captain Francesco Totti traded insults in the press, but instead of backing his teammates, the youngster has moved towards the ‘traitor’.

“Nobody else has been able to deal with me the way Capello did,” he told television news programme ‘TG1’. “He made me into an international player. There were a few rows, but just like father and son.”

These statements will cause shockwaves within the Giallorossi, who have treated Capello with little more than disdain since his surprise move towards Turin. There were already reports that Juventus were preparing a bid for the player, whose contract is up for renewal, while Real Madrid and other overseas clubs are also interested.

The ex-Bari starlet found his form during the first half of 2004 and was perhaps Italy’s best player at the European Championships, but has struggled with injuries and blistering arguments with new Coach Gigi Del Neri this season.

“My hopes for 2005 are that I can win a prestigious trophy. I don’t mind whether that’s in Italy or abroad, as the important thing in life is not to be a loser. We’ll start from Roma, as that is where I am now, but you never can tell what will happen.”

Cassano’s well-publicised disciplinary problems saw him frozen out of his club side and the Italy squad, but he expects to take centre stage from 2005.

“I do miss the Azzurri,” he concluded, “but due to one problem or another I haven’t yet been called up by Marcello Lippi. I hope to return soon.”

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Maybe so it could be true that someone like Capello can bring the best out of Cassano but recently didn't he show his admiration for Del Neri?IMO Gigi is also a wonderful mentor I surely hope Antonio can get himself right and if he remains in the capital that also would be nice.
 

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I think he will follow Capello to Juventus!!
From the start of this season the guy was unstable, its obvious Capello had some effect on him..
Cassano is such a great talent, but he needs control
Italy fans should wish him the best, maybe Juventus/Capello would be the best choice for him, although i thought he's better developing alongside Totti!! Who knows!
 

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He should learn how to control HIMSELF. We should beware falling back in love w/ Cassano and statements such as these.
 

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I still think that one of the mian reasons that capello brought out the best in Cassano was due to time, and this is why he's been the most important person in his career and like a father or whatever.

Although after never saying anything and then saying this, it's not nice (for us). I think the wierdst thing about it was him saying; 'as the important thing in life is not to be a loser.'

That just sounds odd. Though that would probably be because he is young, it just seems a bit stupid and sad.
 

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It seems that January will be a decisive month regarding contracts for Cassano and Totti.In Cassano's case,he wants a 5 year contract,rising from 3.8 million Euros a year to 5.5 million Euros.A lot of dosh and while we reduce our wages with Del Vecchio and Candela's contracts expiring,we still have to resign Totti.Although,he does not want more money,he wants a competitive ROMA,closely watching the Cassano situation to see how ambitious the club are for the future.Its a catch 22 situation.Heres the news from Il Messagero,

Il dibattito sul futuro è lecito e, sotto certi aspetti, pure scontato. E’ giusto chiedersi se Cassano resterà in giallorosso. E’ sbagliato essere certi che abbia già scelto di seguire Capello alla Juve. Rosella Sensi, amministratore delegato della Roma, ha detto che la società, pur dovendo razionalizzare i costi, potrà permettersi ancora contratti onerosi come quelli di Totti e del barese. In questo mese di gennaio i primi contatti veri con i due gioielli. Cominciando dal capitano. Il club di Trigoria considera ben distinte una dall’altra le due situazioni. Errore. Francesco, prima di rinnovare il contratto con la Roma, vuole conoscere il progetto. E che progetto sarebbe se dovesse partire Antonio? E Cassano, che vuole vincere, potrebbe riuscirci in una squadra che perde Totti?
A Villa Pacelli non sono piaciute le dichiarazioni del barese. Scontato anche questo. A casa Sensi vogliono poco sentir parlare di Juve e di Capello. Ma proveranno a confermare Antonio. L’ingaggio non sarà mai un problema. La Roma si alleggerirà subito e a giugno di contratti che sono macigni per il bilancio, basta pensare a Delvecchio e Candela. Cassano ora guadagna due milioni e ottocentomila euro, la prossima stagione saranno tre milioni e duecentomila. Sino al marzo scorso il procuratore Bozzo ha atteso una convocazione. Niente. Solo l’appuntamento all’anno successivo, cioè questo.
Eccoci, allora, in vista dell’incontro. Probabile richiesta del giocatore: quinquiennale a salire, dai tre milioni e ottocentomila a cinque milioni e mezzo. Possibili interferenze: l’Inter è quella che più volte ha chiamato il manager del barese, che però preferirebbe un ambiente più tranquillo e quadrato per il suo assistito. Un incontro tra il procuratore, che ha smentito, e Capello c’è stato la seconda settimana di novembre. La Juve vigila su Trigoria. Il Real aspetta le mosse della Roma. Il Milan pensa più a Totti. La valutazione del cartellino, con la scadenza contrattuale ormai troppo vicina, è di circa venticinque milioni di euro.
 

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Cassano will do well to move to a team outside of Italy. If he leaves thats where I want him to go, I do not want to face him as he is quality.

Although he was hardly saying he wanted to leave just yet. He said he wants to win things and I think he will give Roma an opportunity, if by 2006 we are still just the 4th best then I dont blame he or Totti if they want to leave. We have a good young squad but sooner or later they need to show it. This season is too soon, but if we can keep the same squad with a few stronger additions (1 or 2 wing backs/wingers, 1 central midfielder, 1 striker) going into next year, I think we can be more confident
 

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I think he will follow Capello to Juventus!!
From the start of this season the guy was unstable, its obvious Capello had some effect on him..
Cassano is such a great talent, but he needs control
Italy fans should wish him the best, maybe Juventus/Capello would be the best choice for him, although i thought he's better developing alongside Totti!! Who knows!
genius post that"s right he will go to juve
he never move to oversea<chealsea or madrid>
 

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Very disheartening words from Cassano. If he goes to Juve, expect Totti to definitely leave for Real Madrid. Not signing Cassano is a decision that may ruin Roma for the next 10 years. He is worth the money and he will only get better.
 

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He will if he becomes a free agent if he so choses, but it is all up in the air right now. What Roma must do is concentrate on re-signing him, that is what we must do. If we can't do that Roma will lose an extra dimension and that could seriously himder Roma's sucess in the future.
 

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Remember in the summer? Roma spent all their energy on one player: Gilardino. Look what happened? Roma should concentrate on Totti and Cassano contract but also on a left winger as soon as possible. Cassano is a great player but he is a mercenary. He only think about himself!
 

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For Roma it should depend on what they have the ressources for.

Imagine for instance that Juventus really has gotten a pre-contract sorted out with Mutu (we all know what he can do), and then consider what Cassano is alledgedly demanding to sign a new contract.

So- if we were to offer you some 10-15 million Euro plus Mutu, you stay close to the same quality level, and get fresh funds to finance a deal for a wing back and a cover striker for instance.

You would be short of an Italian profile, and thus you'd lose some prestige I guess, but wouldn't it still be better than spending all the ressources on getting Totti and Cassano to sign new contracts without having the leverage to move forward, thus simply postponing the departures of the stars?

I'm not saying it's what I think will happen or what I hope will happen either, but there are alternate ways to success than keeping the current stars, and in the end every preferred scenario has to be relative to what's financially realistic for Roma I think.
 

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So- if we were to offer you some 10-15 million Euro plus Mutu, you stay close to the same quality level
Yeah but Juventus don't have Mutu yet.
but wouldn't it still be better than spending all the ressources on getting Totti and Cassano to sign new contracts
I don't like to agree with a fan of the Old lady but that may well happen just like in the summer with spending all the energy on Gilardino.
 

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Glen said:
You would be short of an Italian profile, and thus you'd lose some prestige I guess, but wouldn't it still be better than spending all the ressources on getting Totti and Cassano to sign new contracts without having the leverage to move forward, thus simply postponing the departures of the stars?
Not really. I like Mutu, and, should Cassano leave, he's the player i'd like to see replace him. But quite frankly, Mutu has nothing on Cassano. Skill and potential wise, they're a world apart, and i'd take Cassano any day of the week. That said, if(and that's a big if), Cassano wants to leave, and go running after Capello, he has to be sold at the first possible opportunity, there should be no place for people like that in this organization, sublimely gifted or not.
 

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Yeah but Juventus don't have Mutu yet.

Indeed. I'm only talking hypothetically. Also to respond to Romafa53 ( I never said Mutu is better or as good as Cassano even if his final Parma season is better than anything Cassano ever did), it could be any sort of deal, with any club, that gave Roma a player they need plus cash to get other priority people in.

With all said and done Cassano has lots of quality and skill, but there are also some draw backs to to him, and it really is Totti that is the icon of Roma (here talking about the fact that it will be difficult to both keep Totti and sign on Cassano on a much improved contract). Cassano can be replaced. perhaps not by anyone as talented, but by someone who'd offer lots of quality, at least the same consistency, and bottom line is that such a deal could be good looking at the bigger picture.

Just like Juventus improved when selling Zizou, although we spent more all together of course.
 

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The new contracts for Totti and Cassano will be mostly financed by the departures of Del Vecchio and Candela.(I read Candela is on around £3 million a season,scandalous for a player who does so little)We must also remember Panucci and Montella who are on big money are also growing old and will be replaced.Some of yous are concentrating too much on the players contracts.The thing is we have these players at the club,we do not have to spend money to get them and we are in a position to offer a new contract by reducing the wage bill elsewhere.I mean if we got Taddei,he would be replacing D'Agostino and his wage bill.You just have to juggle it around.The important factor is eliminating the overpaid dead wood. :thmbup:
 
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