Controversial Italian forward Antonio Cassano met up with his new teammates on Monday for AC Milan's winter training camp in Dubai. The out-of-favour Sampdoria player's transfer to the Milan giants will be completed on 2 January.
A smiling and visibly moved Cassano was already wearing his new team's training kit as he was greated by a crowd of fans at Milan airport before the team jetted out for the Middle East.
"We're expecting a lot from him, he's a bonus to the team," said AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo. "We hope that everything will go well. Milan offers a favourable environment because they give you everything but they demand respect. We'll also be keeping an eye on him."
The 28-year-old forward is set to be officially confirmed as a Milan player when documents are lodged with the Lega Calcio at the start of January, however he was granted permission by Sampdoria to join up with his new club early.
Cassano is suspended until January 31 and has not featured for Sampdoria since being dropped from the squad in October following a heated argument with club president Riccardo Garrone. Sampdoria attempted to rescind the player's contract but were unsuccessful, however Cassano was punished by an arbitration panel with his wages reduced by 50 per cent for the duration of his contract with the Genoa club.
Milan have a friendly arranged against Al Ahly on 2 January and are due to leave Dubai the following day.