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Italy becoming familiar destination for Premier League castaways

New Delhi: Italian football is seeing more of footballers who have earlier plied their trade in England in the Premier League and the growth is widening day by day. With Arsenal's out of favour German international Lukas Podolski joining Inter Milan on loan in the January transfer window, another castaway player was forced to find Italian pastures in playing in the Serie A.

Podolski grabbed the chance to play at the San Siro under manager Roberto Martinez as he was starved of action under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal despite some decent performances. Podolski became the latest player to go to Italy after several EPL players departed during the summer transfer window last year.

Several veterans of the game such as Ashley Cole, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra left for Serie A last year after successful spells with their respective clubs. Other outcasts like Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Gervinho, Adel Taraabt and Marco van Ginkel have all gone to Italy either permanently or on loan after being left in the cold in England.

Italian football off late have fallen down the pecking order in terms of dominance, European challenge, ability to attract the world's best players and most importantly, financial resources. Several high profile players in recent seasons have left Italy in search of better pay and hunt for titles and Champions League football, as the former continental giants have failed to hold onto their past glory.

Juventus have ruled Serie A recently as other big teams in Italy have failed to give a fight in order to stake a claim for the title. The likes of AC Milan, Inter, AS Roma and Napoli have failed to topple the Turin giants. On European circuit Italian clubs have failed collectively since quite sometime with Inter being the last team to win the Champions League from Italy in 2009-10.

In the present season, AC Milan lie seventh in the Serie A standings whereas their rivals Inter are lagging behind at 11th place. Roma who are second in the table crashed out from Champions League football in the ongoing campaign and was demoted to Europa League.

Italian football need a major resurgence in the overall aspect of the game to attract the best players as they run the risk of making an inroad for more fading out stars.

From Zee News

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