Del Piero: Lukaku, Pogba return fantastic to Serie A

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Alessandro Del Piero believes Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba’s imminent return to Serie A will be a “good move” for Italian football.

Juventus are ready to buy back Pogba after his departure from Manchester United, while Inter are pushing to bring Lukaku back from Chelsea after a disappointing year in the Premier League.

Both players will represent marquee additions to the two Serie A title contenders as they seek to knock Milan out of the spot next season, while boosting them in the pursuit of honor in the Champions League.

However, Juventus legend Del Piero believes the deals have further significance as he feels they could help push Italian football to compete with the other top leagues in Europe after a number of years out of pace.

“Now the Premier League is the best football you can see in terms of the number of teams that can perform at a high level and what happened in the Champions League, in the Europa League, how they performed is the answer,” he said to ESPN.

“It’s a different kind of sport for a few moments. It looks like you run more in the Premier League, you have more physical, you’re more spectacular.

“It’s not exactly like that, because in Italy we have that kind of thing, but Italy is fighting now: the national team and also in the club teams.

“So last season showed a little more. Rome’s victory [in the Europa Conference League] is a good hope for the future of European competitions.

“So Lukaku for Inter and Pogba for Juve could also be a good move for Italian football to get stronger again and have a voice in the Champions League, especially.”

Since Inter won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2009-10, Juventus are the only Italian team to reach the final – losing to Barcelona in 2014-15 and then to Real Madrid two years later.

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