We’ve probably seen the last of former Italy international Antonio Cassano, as he’s adamant he won’t be joining the super-rich Chinese Super League anytime soon.
The controversial striker, who joined Verona in the summer and even appeared in two friendlies for the club before announcing his retirement, was linked with a move to China in January.
But the 35-year-old said he won’t prolong his career purely for the cash and even vowed to play for free if necessary.
He said: “Going to China? Stupid. For me everyone is free to do what they want.
“But whoever goes to play in China should admit they are doing it for the money.
“I don’t even remember the name of the team who want to sign me.
“I want to know whether I can still make it. It needs a president and a coach who have 100 per cent belief in me. Otherwise, I will leave it be.
“However, if I do find it, I’ll be ready. I’ll sign for free, I have already earned enough money.”
Cassano was once the world’s most expensive teenager when he moved to Real Madrid from Roma.
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However, his turbulent career and off-field issues undermined his early promise.
He added: “The things I did wrong I paid for in my career, that’s how it should be.”
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