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Ex-AC Milan chief Sacchi plans overhaul of academy system

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid boss Arrigo Sacchi is planning an overhaul of Italy's academy system.

The FIGC recently appointed him to oversee an improvement in the standard of the game on the peninsula.

Sacchi said: "My Milan had five or six great players who came through the youth sector.

"We must get back to those days. Platini's laws - with financial fair-play - oblige clubs to create champions in house at zero cost.

"The jump from the Primavera to the first team is too great. Our youngsters grow old in the youth sectors and are sent out on loan to clubs in the Lega Pro where they rarely manage to find space."

Sacchi proposes the creation of reserve teams, which should be registered either in the Lega Pro or the Inter-regional championships.

"It's a project that marries itself to the foreseen rebuilding of the leagues in Italy. It should become operational in the space of two years.

"We have already spoken with various Presidents."

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