AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri cannot deny Antonio Cassano may leave in the coming weeks.
High-profile exits have left Cassano extremely unhappy and today there were reports he could join Inter in exchange for Giampaolo Pazzini.
"Antonio is a Milan player and can do well here," said Allegri. "There are 15 days left to the transfer deadline and we'll see what happens. He is our player, so has to be a professional and work to give his best.
"I wanted to speak to Cassano to understand the situation, confirming to him that he is an important player who is technically gifted. I wanted him to give me the all-clear that he's staying here voluntarily and is convinced of our project.
"We did great things for him - we helped him heal from his heart surgery, got him back to fitness and ready to play at Euro 2012. We showed all our interest in keeping him here with us."