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Samp deny Cassano City link

09 Oct 2008 - 16:07:58

Italian side Sampdoria have dismissed reports suggesting Manchester City are set to sign Antonio Cassano in the January transfer window.

The Citizens have been linked with a move for the reformed Italy forward in recent weeks.

But Sampdoria claim they have no intention of letting the 26-year-old forward leave for England when the transfer window reopens in the new year.

Cassano has resurrected his career with the Genoa-based side following a series of high-profile fall-outs with coaches at former clubs AS Roma and Real Madrid.

"Regarding the interest of Manchester City for Cassano, I must say that Antonio will not leave Genoa in January," said their general director Beppe Marotta.

"Since he arrived at Sampdoria, Antonio has delighted us with his fantastic play and it's normal that this will attract interest from great clubs in Europe, including Manchester City.

"But I wouldn't talk about an open negotiation. There are other clubs that want Antonio."


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