Lippi happy for Cassano
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has welcomed Antonio Cassano's move to Real Madrid.Italy national team coach Marcello Lippi has welcomed Antonio Cassano's move to Real Madrid.
Cassano has joined the Spanish titans after rejecting a new contract at Roma and falling out with the club.
His lack of action in recent months has also seen the temperamental attacker lose his place in Lippi's Italian squad.
The young forward is hoping his switch to Santiago Bernabeu will revive his claims for a spot in the Azzurri party for the World Cup later this year.
Lippi is happy that Cassano has improved his prospects of playing regularly and has challenged him to prove he deserves a recall to the Italy fold.
"I can only tell him 'good luck'," Lippi told Corriere dello Sport.
"I wish him to do the most beautiful thing for a player - that's to say playing.
"For a player, playing and having the sensation to be able to earn the faith of the national team coach is really beautiful.
"Cassano, like all other players, has five months to aim at a place for the World Cup."