It was rumoured that The Redsā 2007/08 Club Champion was on the outer after he was not part of Unitedās squad that faced Gold Coast United last Friday, however Coach Aurelio Vidmar and Cassio himself both claim the speculation could not be further from the truth.
āI donāt know where that story has come from. Heās a contracted player, heās a required player, heās on a two year deal and as far as I know heāll fulfil those two years,ā Vidmar said at a media conference earlier today.
āWeāre happy to move forward and heās certainly committed to the club which is great. Heās a required player here and he came here today with a different mindset, a very positive mindset and so that augurs well for the club.ā
Vidmar admitted to having held a meeting with Cassio last Thursday about a number of matters leading into the match with Gold Coast, however the discussions never ended in any conflict between club and player.
āHe brought up a couple of issues and we tried to resolve them, and then Cassio wasnāt in the mental state to play the game on Friday, so Iām pretty sure weāve resolved the situation,ā Vidmar said.
āItās a part of what happens in football so weāre delighted that heās made the right decision, and heās comfortable with whatās going on and he can solely focus on giving 100 per cent for the club.ā
Cassio joined the squad for its recovery session on Saturday morning and also trained at Thebarton Oval today despite missing the game against the Gold Coast, the 29-year old stating that he was not in the right frame of mind, and would not have been a benefit to the team last Friday.
āI wasnāt feeling well, especially mentally and when you donāt feel good mentally, you canāt do your job properly so this is why I didnāt play last Friday,ā Cassio explained.
āThere were particular issues with me, I canāt say it here because it stays between me and the club but like I said, I feel comfortable to come to the people here and say whatās happening with me. Now itās time to move on, Iām looking forward to this next game and thatās it.ā
āI feel comfortable in this club like I feel at home, and I felt comfortable coming to the club and the coaching staff and explaining my situation and what happened with me last week. Itās all fine, time to move on. I will stay here, play on Friday night and am happy to stay and help the club.ā
Cassio said there was āno chanceā of him heading to another club while he is contracted to Adelaide United, and that he is totally committed in putting all of his energy into contributing positively to The Reds.
āIām still under contract at this club, I respect this club, my teammates, the fans and my family, and I will stay here,ā Cassio said.
āI play for this club, he (Vidmar) is the manager and if he wants to play me goalkeeper, right full back, striker, midfield I will go because I have a contract here and Iām professional.ā
āWith me and the club, I will try my max to do my job on the pitch, and try the best to get the wins and get to the grand final like last year.ā