Emanuelson warns youngsters against Serie A

Former Milan and Roma midfielder Urby Emanuelson has urged young players to avoid plying their trade in Italy.

The Dutch international also had spells at Atalanta and Hellas Verona, but was disillusioned by his experiences in the Serie A.

The 30-year-old, who is now plying his trade at Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday, doesn't believe Italy's top flight is an environment conducive to growing as a footballer.

"Football in Italy is a hypocritical environment," Emanuelson told Voetbal International.

"It’s hard to have friends and to meet people you can trust. Not to mention the labels: Frank de Boer was unfit for Italian football hours after he got there.

"To all youngsters I’d give the same advice: don’t go and play in Italy. I’m talking about Italy in football terms, not the country.

"Football is politics there, it’s not always the best players who play. Other factors count, for example being in with the right crowd in terms of friends and acquaintances.

"Roma? It was a bad choice. In the week I arrived, I arrived as one of six. I found myself in the stands, with the team playing like dogs, but it didn’t change anything."