Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi is delighted their Antonio Cassano gamble is paying off.

Cassano arrived in the summer from Inter Milan.

"Cassano is a luxury that we had to take," Ghirardi told the club's official website. "It is a source of pride and satisfaction to have him here.

"He is comparable to the stars of our past, our former champions.

"We hope to have him here for many years to come."

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