Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri denies that he is the reason why Antonio Cassano left the club to join Parma this week.
Cassano completed a move from the Nerazzurri to the Gialloblu on Wednesday and suggested he had been pushed out of the door by the new coach following his arrival from Napoli.
The 30-year-old forward claimed at a press conference on Thursday that Mazzarri had gone back on his word, initially guaranteeing him a place in his starting XI and then deeming him surplus to requirements.
Mazzarri refuted Cassano's claim at a press conference of his own, though, saying he had not had any contact with the player at all since last December.
"I don't see how I could have decided on my first-teamers and reserves before having even coached them," said Mazzarri.
"I'd like to make it clear that the last time I spoke with Cassano was when Napoli played Inter in the first half of the season. Back then, all I did was greet him on the field."
Cassano may have left on bad terms with Mazzarri, with whom he also had a falling out during their days together at Sampdoria, but the Milanese club's president Massimo Moratti insists the player leaves behind a positive legacy.
"It was an honour to have him with us," said a statement on Inter's website. "We can count ourselves lucky to have had him wear our colours. He will always be remembered affectionately and with great respect by all Inter fans."