Bayer Leverkusen signing Giulio Donati has hit out at Serie A clubs.
The former Inter Milan defender made his move last week to Germany.
â€śYoung foreign players go far in Serie A,â€ť Donati told Tuttosport.
â€śFor example, Dutch player Kevin Strootman is really sought-after in Italy, but the semi-final showed we are better than the Dutch, as we beat them.
â€śThe clubs must have faith in young Italian players. If you give the young foreign imports a chance, then why not a young Italian who has a silver medal in the European Under-21 Championship?
â€śI wouldâ€™ve appreciated returning to Inter and playing in Serie A, but there were no concrete options for me in Italy.
â€śWhen Bayer Leverkusen offered me a four-year contract, I couldnâ€™t turn it down. There is disappointment at not playing in Serie A, but I am much happier to have the opportunity of playing in the Champions League.â€ť