Cannavaro bows out at the Bernabeu

MADRID - Fabio Cannavaro said he would concentrate on honing his form for the 2010 World Cup after receiving a rousing send-off following Real Madrid's 3-1 defeat by Real Mallorca on Sunday. The 35-year-old Italy captain was making his final home appearance for Real before rejoining Juventus and was given an ovation when he was substitued in the second half and again when he came back on to the pitch at the final whistle. "I am going back to Juve now but I think that everyone in Madrid knows that I have worked hard to defend this badge and this shirt," Cannavaro told reporters. He said he would have liked to have remained with Real but the chaos caused by the resignation of president Roman Calderon and the lack of a permanent replacement had made new contract negotiations impossible. "I waited for a long time for someone to tell me something and nothing happened but that's life," he said. "It's not easy to leave Madrid and I would have preferred something else. But I think I am returning to Italy in a calm frame of mind." Cannavaro has spent three seasons with the Primera Liga side, winning two league titles and a Spanish Super Cup, and returns to the Turin club he left when they were relegated in a match-fixing scandal. "The most important thing for me now is to get to the World Cup at my best level," he said. "Juve is a team I know very well. I am happy," he added. "Hearing all the people calling my name tonight was amazing. I wish everyone here good luck for the future."