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Antonio Cassano happy at Parma

Antonio Cassano says he is as committed as ever to Parma, who treat him "like a king," despite speculation linking him with a move to Sampdoria.

Antonio Cassano insists he is not looking to return to Parma.
Antonio Cassano insists he is not looking to return to Parma.

Cassano played for Samp for four years before falling out with their then president, the late Riccardo Garrone. He was subsequently sold to AC Milan and spent last season with Inter Milan before joining Parma last summer.

Amid intense transfer speculation, the 31-year-old told a news conference: "The rumours have got on my nerves a little. I have never spoken to [Sampdoria president] Edoardo Garrone and I'm delighted at Parma and want to stay here.

"I've always said I'd like to return to Samp one day, but Parma treat me like a king and I'm more than fine here."

He added: "I'm sorry if I've created any problems by saying I'd like to return to Samp one day, but I have not had any contact with Garrone and no relationship with [coach Sinisa] Mihajlovic."

The Italy international has also ruled out having any prospect of appearing for his country at the 2014 World Cup.

His relationship with Italy coach Cesare Prandelli seems to have deteriorated to the point where Cassano is no longer holding out hope of hearing from him.

"I have a zero percent chance of going to the World Cup," added the Bari-born striker, who has not featured for his country since the final of Euro 2012.

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