Cassano remains committed to Samp

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Veteran forward Antonio Cassano insists he will fight for his place at Sampdoria amid suggestions they could pay out the final year of his contract.

The former Italy international, who turns 34 later this month, rejoined Samp for a second spell in 2015 following his release by financially-stricken Parma at the start of the year.

However, he wasn't a regular under Vincenzo Montella, making just 14 starts in Serie A, with a further 10 appearances off the bench, scoring only twice.

Montella has since resigned as head coach to take over the reins at league rivals AC Milan, and Cassano may find himself out in the cold under his successor.

But the mercurial marksman intends to see out the remaining 12 months of his deal in Genoa and will reject their attempts to pay him off.

"I know I'll be 34 and that's why I'm training," Cassano told Il Secolo XIX. "At 20 there are certain things you can do, but at 30, no.

"I want to get to pre-season fit and I'm succeeding. I'm 84 kilos, I've only weighed that once in my career.

"I intend to abide by the year contract I have with Sampdoria, if they offer to pay me off because I'm no longer in the club's plans I'll reject it.

"I want to take my chances here. I spoke to Carlo Osti and I told him that I'm available, and I can be useful in developing the youngsters. I want to play, but I want to deserve it."