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Written by Chineze Ogugua

In a seemingly unending retirement saga, Antonio Cassano has revealed he is finally hanging his boots.

The 35-year-old former Italy international signed for Hellas Verona on July 10 but said he’d be retiring just eight days later, only to reverse that decision within a matter of hours.

However, Cassano’s wife tweeted a statement related to Antonio stating he wasn’t retiring but leaving Hellas.

The tweet read:

“I’m not going to leave football, I simply don’t feel I can continue with Hellas Verona…”

Few hours later, another statement emerged from Cassano himself stating:

“Physically I’m really good, as I’ve shown in the last 15 days of training, but mentally I don’t feel stimulated to continue at this club! My wife Carolina miswrote this. The truth is that I’m retiring.

“I won’t play football anymore. I apologise to everyone at Hellas Verona club – chairman, coach, players. I’m 35 now, and my priority is to stay closer to my wife and kids.”

Cassano treaded boots at Roma, Inter, Milan and Real Madrid among other clubs in his career.

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