Massimiliano Allegri bitterly criticised Antonio Cassano, ruled out reports he wanted to resign and prepares for Milan’s Serie A opener against Sampdoria.
Cassano raised eyebrows today with a Press conference attacking Vice-President Adriano Galliani and the club for weakening the team and not considering him first choice, which he saw as just reason to request the transfer to Inter.
“He was an important player in his first six months here and contributed to the Scudetto victory. He started really well last season and was stopped by this heart problem, but I think Milan really helped him be passed fit to continue his career.
“We helped him to reach the Euros, because without Milan he would never have played for the Nazionale in 2012. Then he put in a transfer request and the club accepted it,” noted the Coach.
“Cassano played pretty often with me, as did all the players, though I can’t just let anyone take part in 60 games per season. The facts show when he was fit, I always let Cassano play. If he wanted to feel first choice in every match, then you’d have to ask him that.
“I guess Cassano is happy to join Inter and we are happy to have Giampaolo Pazzini. Divorces exist in life. Was he ungrateful? Antonio knows full well what Milan did for him and vice-versa. It’s too easy to talk when you’ve left a club. You need to show a basic level of respect.”
Allegri had also reportedly engaged in a bitter row with Galliani, threatening to resign this week if they signed Genoa striker Ze Eduardo.
“I never thought about resigning and wanted to immediately wipe out this rumour that has been circulating recently. I have an excellent rapport with Galliani. There were exchanges of opinion, but all together we are working to build a Milan side that can compete in Italy and Europe.”
The Rossoneri have considerably weakened with many top stars either sold or ending their contracts, so Allegri has suggested the target is a top three finish.
“I don’t know how far this Milan can go, but we have faith and want to prove ourselves, whether it is in first or fifth place. Football is wonderful because it can upset the odds. We want to turn around all the negative things that were said about us this summer.
“The club made certain choices with regards to Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic, so we have built a team with different characteristics.
“It will be important tomorrow against Sampdoria, as they are organised, have quality and did very well to beat Barcelona in the Gamper Trophy last week. We must begin again from the last two pre-season games when we kept clean sheets.”
Alexandre Pato could be out of action for three weeks after picking up yet another thigh strain.
“It’s a shame, as he has basically been out for a year. We await his return.”
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