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Antonio Cassano eyes sporting director role

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The retired Antonio Cassano is already eyeing a football comeback in the role of a sporting director

The 36-year-old forward announced his retirement from professional football this month after spending some time training with Serie C team Virtus Entella.

Cassano announced his plans to re-enrol on a course at Coverciano after dropping out in September and wouldn’t rule out a return to old club Sampdoria.

“I’d like to stay in football, yes,” Cassano told Il Secolo XIX.

“I’d like to do so on the front line, in the technical area, scouting, as a sporting director.

“Two examples in Italy for me are Ausilio at Inter, who are a top club, and Rossi at Sassuolo, who are a cutting-edge club…

“I’ve never done it, so I don’t know if I’m good at it or not, but I’d like to help build a project, using the instincts of my football between 1999 and seven, eight years ago.

“My future? I’ll re-enrol on the next course at Coverciano, and this time I’ll participate.

“After that, it’s clear I’ll have to find someone who has faith in me. Would I work at Sampdoria again? Yes, absolutely.

“Ferrero is a very smart President and I like him. He knows how to conduct business.”

Cassano played for the likes of AS Roma, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan across a senior-level playing career which nearly spanned two decades.

The Italian managed 139 goals and 91 assists in 515 career matches at club level.