Giuseppe Rossi has hit out at Italian clubs for stifling the progress of home grown talent in favour of expensive foreign stars.
The Villarreal forward, born in America to Italian-immigrant parents, moved to Italy in his teenage years in order to join Parma.
Rossi moved to Manchester United when he was just 17 before spending a loan spell back at Parma. He eventually left Old Trafford permanently when he was sold to Spanish side Villarreal.
When quizzed on why he had only briefly played in the country which he represents at international level, Rossi claims it is due to a lack of faith shown in young talent by Italian sides.
Lack of chances
"Why don't I play in Italy? It's not my fault. Clubs make their decisions and I make my own," he said.
"The important thing is to show off your skills in front of a big crowd. And when you play you have a chance to be seen.
"Italian football is changing, giving more chances to young players. That's the right decision because the talent is there.
"In England and Spain everything is different, they have more patience. Barcelona has three or four 20 year olds in their first team.
"But in the future it will be the same in Italy. Who? Some of my ex Italy under-21 teammates like (Sebastian) Giovinco and (Robert) Acquafresca."