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Stuttgart fullback Molinaro takes swipe at Juventus after Italy call-up

Stuttgart fullback Cristian Molinaro has hit out at Juventus after his Italy call-up.

Molinaro is now one of the key figures in Stuttgart and is among the new faces for the August 10 friendly against the Ivory Coast.

"This call is a wonderful surprise. Did I expect it? I only ever focused on working hard," he told Sky Italia television.

"I always said that the only way to earn an international cap was to do well on the field.

"I was not given the opportunity to do that in Italy. I am happy that I went to Germany, as I rediscovered my form here."

Molinaro was forced to leave Turin in January after he was dropped by Ciro Ferrara and demanded first team football elsewhere.

"I'll be honest here, I never protest at the decisions of a Coach. Even last season, when after two years as a first-team player I ended up on the bench. It is right for a tactician to make his own choices.

"The last two months of 2009 were not great. The time had come for a new experience. Germany was crucial for me to prove what I had done in my years at Juventus was not entirely worthless."

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