Domenico Di Carlo is confident star striker Antonio Cassano will stay at Sampdoria.
Di Carlo was appointed Samp manager earlier this week after Luigi Del Neri left to take charge of Juventus.
He will have UEFA Champions League football to look forward to next season but his most important task of the summer could be to secure the services of Cassano.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Sampdoria but Di Carlo does not believe he will go anywhere.
"Antonio is a great player and I know he will go on and do more for us. I'm convinced of this," Di Carlo told reporters.
"He has improved a lot over the last few years. His talent will be useful."
Di Carlo, who kept unfancied Chievo in the top flight for two consecutive seasons, is relishing the challenge of working with a team at the top end of the table.
"I want to thank Samp for having granted me this opportunity to coach a great side like this one," said Di Carlo, who has signed a two-year contract.
"I am delighted and extremely motivated.
"It's an honour for me to be here and I believe that, if a coach wants to grow and improve, he must go up against the best.
"Our aim will be to arrive at the preliminary stages of the Champions League in the best possible shape.
"I can assure you that Samp's mentality will be that of facing every game with character and determination."