22 January, 2013 - 12:43

Michel Platini: “You can live several different lives in football”

Michel Platini: “You can live several different lives in football”

UEFA president Michel Platini is worried about the outflow of the young players from Ligue 1 and urges the youngsters to plan their careers carefully.

Michel Platini claimed that the problem of the young French stars who try to switch to bigger European clubs as early as possible is one the major one for French football.

Platinti expressed his concern about the issue, insisting:” It is annoying that today players want everything straightaway. Their entourage asks them to leave immediately and get what they can get. So, you need to have good advice, they have time to leave later.”

The former Juventus and France national team forward left France in his mid-20s as a renowned AS Saint-Etienne star and during his spell in Turin was awarded with three Ballon d’Or. The Frenchman stated that his career developed in a different way comparing to modern players as he made a transfer to the top club when he was ready for a change.

“I left when I was 27. You’ve had the time to live several different lives in football, and not leave at 20 and waste some of your qualities. I understand why there are some who go. The economic aspect is important today, I understand they’re interested, but they could go later,” said Platini.

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