Cassano makes retirement u-turn

Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has announced his return to football, a day after retiring from the game.

The veteran forward, who represented the likes of Roma, Real Madrid, Milan and Inter over a distinguished career that began with hometown club Bari in 1999, signed on a free transfer for newly-promoted Verona last week.

It marked his return to football after a season without a club but after becoming homesick, Cassano released a statement stating his desire to quit the game and return to his family in Genoa.

However, hours later the 35-year-old revealed to the media that he is ready for a 'crazy season' after holding talks with club management.

"This morning I had a moment of weakness," Cassano was quoted as saying by Football Italia. "I had a meeting with (head coach) Fabio Pecchia and the others to say that I wanted to stop.

"I was yearning for my family but the club's management has asked them to come and they gave me the strength to carry on. I want to rise to the challenge and have a crazy season."