Spalletti's Cassano hope
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luciano Spalletti remains upbeat about Antonio Cassano signing a new Roma deal.Roma coach Luciano Spalletti remains upbeat about Antonio Cassano signing a new contract at Stadio Olimpico.
Cassano's present deal expires at the end of the season and Roma are fearful the attacker could leave the club for nothing.
An agreement over an extension has yet to be reached, despite the continued negotiations between the two parties.
Though there were reports that Roma would block Spalletti from picking Cassano while the situation drags on, those suggestions proved unfounded.
Spalletti has complete faith in the temperamental forward's ability and is convinced he will commit his future to the Giallorossi.
"I think there are all the components needed so that Cassano will sign a new contract," said Spalletti.
"I don't know the details of the talks between him and the club but I'm confident and I really wish everything will be solved in a positive way.
"In a few days there will be a meeting and we will see what will happen but, I repeat, I believe the player will sign."
The Roma coach also backed Cassano's claims for a recall to the Italy squad, after he was left out of the current World Cup qualifying double-header.
Spalletti added: "He's training well. Everyone is really keen on the Azzurri jersey and Cassano is, too.
"Should he continue doing what he's doing in this period, he will be rewarded. He must only give continuity to this behaviour."