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Sampdoria coach Novellino delighted with Cassano signing

Sampdoria coach Walter Novellino is excited by the prospect of working with new loan signing Antonio Cassano.

The Real Madrid striker is joining Samp for the season and Novellino said: "Last night the lad called me and I am very, very happy about that.

"It was an important act of humility that shows the first great step towards the right recovery for a player of undoubted quality.

"He certainly doesn't lack the vision and flair. He must focus only on his work, as the past does not exist. As far as I am concerned, my rapport with the player will begin from scratch the day he arrives here for training.

"Usually in this sport when you buy a player, you ask those who worked with him before what he is like. Well, I have never done that and will not start now. I don't want to be conditioned by things I may have heard about him.

"I shall give him the same talk I had with every other player. Here there are rules, respect them and I will respect you. That is all. I don't care what he did before."

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