By Rafael Corradino
Stuttgart defender Cristian Molinaro has offered his thoughts on the difference between youth development in Germany and his native Italy.
The 28-year-old spent most of his life on the peninsula, but moved to Swabia in 2010 and has since become well acquainted with Bundesliga culture, which he believes promotes young players.
"I have not particularly closely followed Serie A this year," Molinaro exclusively told Goal.com. "There are promising players in the youth leagues who could make the leap to Serie A.
"In Germany, they do this much earlier. Here, by age 20 or earlier they have such opportunities."
The left-footed player was asked about his future in Stuttgart, but was coy in his response, noting that nothing is certain.
"I have a contract. One can never know what will happen in the future, of course."
He also was uninterested in discussing his future with the Italian national team.
"The national team does not interest me if I'm not a part of it."
Molinaro, whose contract with Stuttgart expires in 2014, received his first international call-up in August of 2010. He has since earned two caps for Italy, but has not made an international appearance in more than 14 months.