Antonio Cassano signs for Sampdoria after break from football

Antonio Cassano has ended his six-month exile from football by re-signing for Sampdoria.

The former Roma, Real Madrid and AC Milan striker terminated his contract with financially stricken Parma — now bankrupt, dissolved and reformed in Serie D — in January and had subsequently failed to find a suitable club.

But on Sunday morning the 33-year-old agreed a two-year contract with Samp, for whom he scored 41 goals over four seasons before joining Milan in 2010.

A statement published on Samp’s official website confirmed Cassano’s return to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and, should he get back to full fitness by August 24, he will be available to face Carpi at that venue when the new Serie A season begins.

The Bari-born forward, who has 39 Italy caps and 10 goals for his country, joined Roma from his hometown team at the age of 19 for 60 billion lire — around €30 million euros — in 2001.