Andrea Pirlo, Gigi Buffon and Andrea Ranocchia tell their clubs to accept international duty is important. “They should always collaborate with the Nazionale.”
Many sides, including Juventus, Milan and Inter, have complained that their players risk injury during the two upcoming friendlies against Poland and Uruguay.
“The clubs should always collaborate with the Nazionale, which is something unique and wonderful, not to mention very important,” said Juve midfielder Pirlo.
His Bianconeri and Italy teammate Buffon agreed that players must not be asked to choose between club and country.
“All of us come to the Nazionale with joy. I understand our Coaches might be disappointed at having to interrupt their work, but in his playing career Antonio Conte would rush to go on international duty.”
Inter defender Ranocchia also pointed out that wearing the Italy jersey is worth the risk and extra strain in an already packed fixture list.
“I would gladly walk to the Nazionale training ground. There are only 20 or so of us here, so it is a privilege to be part of such a group.”
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