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Prandelli: Verratti departure 'scandalous'

Created on 25 Sept., 2012 1:21 PM GMT

Head coach Cesare Prandelli is furious that Italy seems content to let their best young talent go abroad. Marco Verratti, 19, left Pescara for Paris Saint-Germain in the recent transfer window and Prandelli said the club's decision to let him leave was 'scandalous'.

"If you can no longer compete at economical level, you'll have to look at other ways. You have to invest in the future. I find it scandalous that someone like (Marco) Verratti, who we have all seen play in Italy and know well, is playing abroad," Prandelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We let him go. I would also have called him up for the national side if he was still at Pescara. I repeat: scandalous."

The Italy boss went on to discuss the situation at Inter and AC Milan, who have both been struggling in the opening weeks of the 2012/13 campaign.

"People are exaggerating things. They are working on new projects, both Inter and Milan. They simply need time. It's impossible to perform right away."

Inter have collected six points from their opening four Serie A games, whereas Milan have won only one game so far and lost three.

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