Football: Juve president Agnelli fears for Italian clubs' future
LONDON (REUTERS) - Italy is no longer the final destination for the world's top players and the country's leading clubs will struggle to keep the ones they do have unless big improvements are made in Serie A, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said on Thursday.
Agnelli, 37, the fourth member of his family to run Italy's most successful domestic club, said Italy had stagnated as a football country in the last year and Serie A was now a shadow of the glittering jewel it once was.
"If you go back about 10 or 15 years, it was the dream of every international footballer to come to Serie A," he told delegates at the Leaders in Soccer conference at Stamford Bridge.
"It was the destination for top players. When I was a kid studying here in England you used to watch live Serie A games broadcast here. The English league was not what it is today.