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May 17, 2013

Cassano admits career regrets

Antonio Cassano has admitted that he has not made the most of his career during an interview on Italian television with Marco Tardelli.

Cassano, 30, has suffered a number of controversies off the pitch, after initially impressing with hometown club Bari in 1999. That saw him earn a big money move to Roma, which was followed by spells at Real Madrid, Sampdoria and Milan. Yet despite spending time at some of Europe's biggest clubs, Cassano has thus far failed to build on his early promise.

"It's my fault if I haven't had a better career," he told Tardelli in an Italia 1 interview. "I thought that quality alone was enough to take you forward. I've played for great clubs, but I've always done little. I've only done 50 per cent of what I could have done, I've always found a way to not train in a professional manner.

"I would say that I was in the wrong 99 per cent of the time. However, I was put into a position to make mistakes. I went from being right to wrong in an instant."

Currently with Internazionale, doubts have been cast over Cassano's future with the club after a falling out with manager Andrea Stramaccioni. Joining the Nerazzuri from city rivals Milan in the summer, the striker had handed in a transfer request at the club despite Milan playing a significant role in saving his life when a heart defect was discovered late in 2011.

Discussing his health problems with Tardelli, the striker admitted that his family, in particular his son was his most pressing concern when he received the news. Now blessed with a second child, Cassano is also keen to dissuade either from following him into football.

"I'm a non-believer, but when I was in the ambulance on the way to hospital I thought that if there was someone there then I'd want them to do something so I could see my son," he explained. "I wasn't scared of dying, I was scared of not seeing my son again. I'd say the most important thing is that they [my sons] don't get into football. I'm tired of this football, there are too many fake people."

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