Sampdoria insist Antonio Cassano is not the trequartista that Jose Mourinho wants for Inter Milan.

"Absolutely not," snapped director of sport Beppe Marotta. "Antonio is a jewel in our side and will remain at Samp for this season. He is not going to be the trequartista in Jose Mourinho's Inter.

"We have balanced the books and sold a few players in order to create a nice slush fund. With it we brought in the likes of Franco Semioli, who played so well at Catania last night."