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Inter Milan coach Stramaccioni delighted with Cassano impact

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni is delighted with the impact of Antonio Cassano.

The striker has thrived under Stramaccioni since moving from AC Milan in the summer.

The coach remarked: "Calling it friendship is perhaps a bit excessive but I have been very open with him, since before he even became an Inter player. What we have in common is the fact that we both came from nothing, and I don't mean to disrespect my or his origins by that, but we speak very openly and I think that's one of the reasons why we understood each other immediately.

"His importance on the pitch is unquestionable. I think the excellent relationship he has with his wife and the coming birth of his second child Christopher have helped him to mature. I'm holding onto Antonio tight, I think he's already proved that he's an extra resource for Inter, like all the quality players were already here."



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