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    Antonio Cassano: 'Players only go to the Chinese Super League for the money'


    Joe Jones

    Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has described the prospect of a move to the Chinese Super League as "stupid" and believes footballers only go there for the money.

    The former Real Madrid and Roma striker, who won 39 caps for the Azzurri, has been without a club since leaving Hellas Verona last summer.

    Despite his objections to a switch to China, the 35-year-old admits that he would play for the right club "for free" as he has "already earned enough money".

    "It's stupid. I don't even remember the name of the team who want to sign me," Cassano told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

    "For me, everyone is free to do what they want. But whoever goes to play in China should admit they are doing it for the money.

    "I want to know whether I can still make it. It needs a president and a coach who have 100% belief in me. Otherwise, I will leave it be.

    "However, if I do find it, I'll be ready. I'll sign for free. I have already earned enough money."

    Cassano said the same thing a year ago, telling Mediaset: "For me, football is Europe. Football is a serious thing.

    "Everybody says they are going to China because they are attracted by the project, but they are not telling the truth - they are going for the money."

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