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Cassano to stay with Sampdoria

Cassano to stay with Sampdoria

Talented but temperamental forward Antonio Cassano has rejected a loan offer from Fiorentina, choosing to stay with Sampdoria.
The move to Fiorentina appeared nearly complete late Saturday, but Cassano changed his mind following an outpouring of affection from Sampdoria fans and teammates.
In a statement posted on Sampdoria's Web site Sunday, Cassano said the reaction "really touched" him, adding, "I'm staying, although I can't deny that for a short time I thought I was moving far away."
Cassano has clashed with Sampdoria coach Luigi Del Neri lately and been removed from the starting lineup.