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Napoli president De Laurentiis: Italian football needs new thinking

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says Italy's development structure needs a radical overhaul.

After their World Cup failure, ADL has called for a shake-up in Italian football's thinking.

De Laurentiis considered the continued push to develop stronger academies at clubs.

"We have always believed in this and continue to do so, that Italian academies can solve the problems. But this is partly true and partly false, as shown by the World Cup, as emphasised by Belgium's ability to shine.

"They export their talent, yes, but they also have no limits for the importation of foreigners."

The movie mogul was asked what he would introduce to the Italian game to change things.

"The ability to use non-EU players without constraints, with no limits. Why should the Federation be able to decide the policy of the club? An entrepreneur must combine factors of production in total freedom and without trappings placed anachronistically and independently by the institutions.

"A Federation must not prohibit, but look to build and if they do, will there be only one Buffon, only one Chiellini, only one Immobile, only one Insigne?

"You have to give everyone the chance to go abroad and buy outside of the EU, as already happens in other European counties such as Belgium, Portugal and so on, to encourage competition through the expertise of those responsible for buying and hearing the needs of their Coach.

"In this way we would increase the level of our football and with it the level of the Italian players in the team and this would also benefit the national team."

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