Cagliari President Massimo Cellino insists that his stand-off with Federico Marchetti is a misunderstanding.
Marchetti has been frozen out of the first team since he told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he was disappointed not to get a move in the summer.
The 27-year-old has subsequently lost his place in the Italy squad and is taking Cagliari to court in an effort to get his contract rescinded.
A hearing has been scheduled for November 18, but Cellino hopes to avoid a situation like Claudio Lotito had at Lazio last season when Goran Pandev ended up walking away for free.
"Both sides are distant from each other," Cellino admitted.
"We are waiting for the arbitration court's decision on November 18.
"I believe that it was all a misunderstanding.
"The case is different from those of Pandev and Ledesma last season," he concluded.
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