Serie A: Cutrone accuses Italian clubs of favouring foreign players
AC Milan sold Patrick Cutrone to Wolves in July and the Italian striker believes it is indicative of the way in which Serie A clubs operate.
Patrick Cutrone is grateful to AC Milan but claims he was sold by his former club because there is a preference for Italian teams to field foreign players.
The one-cap Italy international ended his 12-year association with boyhood club Milan in July after taking up Wolves' offer of a four-year deal.
He came through the Rossoneri's youth ranks and scored 18 goals in all competitions in an impressive breakthrough campaign in 2017-18, but the 21-year-old was less prolific last term and was moved on for a reported 22 million euros during the close season.
"Foreigners are preferred to us," complains Cutrone
Portuguese forward Rafael Leao, 20, was brought in as a replacement and Cutrone believes that move - as well as Moise Kean's switch from Juventus to Everton - is indicative of the way teams operate in Serie A.
3 - Patrick #Cutrone is the third youngest player to score 10+ goals in a single Serie A campaign with #ACMilan (20 years and 137 days in 2017/18 with 10 goals), after Gianni Rivera in 1961/62 and Alexandre Pato in 2008/09. Talent. pic.twitter.com/0NilFy0HLG— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) July 27, 2019
"Me and Kean in the Premier League? It's always the same story - foreigners are preferred to us," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"For us twenty-somethings, it's hard, but in any case I'd like to emphasise something - I’ll always be grateful to Milan for what they gave me."
Cutrone will be back in Italy this week as part of Wolves' squad for their Europa League play-off first leg against Torino.
The Milan youth product has made four appearances for his new side and is expecting a difficult test in Turin on Thursday.
Patrick Cutrone will be Wolves' new number— Wolves (@Wolves) August 8, 2019
"My first impressions of Wolves have been excellent," he said. "I was received very well and I've already settled in.
"I didn't like living in a hotel, so I've found a house where my best friend has been keeping me company.
"It'll be tough against Torino. They're a good team and there are several similarities between us and them - passionate fans, character, pride, a sense of belonging."
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