Too Many Foreign Players Take Away Italian Youth Places - Demetrio Albertini

FIGC vice-president Demetrio Albertini believes clubs should invest more in home grown talent.
FIGC vice-president Demetrio Albertini has called on clubs to focus on developing youth, rather than rely on foreign players to do the job.

Clubs have become criticised for grandiose spending on non-Italian players, leaving little chance for young stars to come through.

Albertini though is pushing for reform.

"The road is a long one. Youngsters are only playing for youth teams, and when they get into the first teams they are immature," Albertini told Tuttosport.

"Foreign players take away spaces, and players often arrive in Serie A when they are 25... it's too late by then."

One club who have become standard bearers in focusing on Italian are Juventus.

"They are a very Italian team and I am happy about this. You have a different sense of feeling when you are Italian. Your friends joke around if you play badly. The forgeiners don't care though."

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