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Exclusive: Ex-Udinese boss ​Guidolin proud launching Alexis, Zielinski & co.

2010 to 2014 was a magical period in Francesco Guidolin's legendary management career.

At the start of the decade, Guidolin returned to Udinese 11 years after his first spell with the club.

It was this four year spell in Udine where the Italian would flex his tactical nous and display a penchant for developing spectacular talent.

The Bianconeri went from 15th to 4th place in Guidolin's first season in charge, and finished with the highest points total in the club's history. For his efforts, Guidolin collected the Panchina d'oro in 2011, awarded to the best coach in Serie A.

Not only was Guidolin's tactics praised, so too was his courageous decision to give young talent a chance. The famous names of Alexis Sanchez, Mehdi Benatia, Kwadwo Asamoah and Gokhan Inler all featured prominently under Guidolin in that historic season and beyond.

And the 63-year-old feels great pride that he helped their young careers, telling TribalFootball.com: "It was one of the most beautiful satisfactions, to launch these young people (Luis Muriel, Allan, Alexis, Benatia, Asamoah). He is not on the list, but he is as good as them, [Napoli's Piotr] Zielinski. The list is long."

The progress of these players is staggering. Allan is now with Napoli, Benatia and Asamoah won titles with Juventus, Muriel is now a star with Fiorentina and Alexis has ended up at Manchester United.

"These players that I launched and who arrived at the highest level are a source of great satisfaction. Being successful, with the clubs where I worked, to achieve results in terms of qualifications in champions, in Europe etc., having launched several young people is the best for a coach, it means achieving all the goals that a company can set.

"The clubs rightly want to launch many young people, then excellent capital gains from the transfer of those young players to do market and also results in terms of ranking. It happened to me very often and this makes me proud."

Matteo Vitale
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