Former Arsenal attacker Gervinho has been signing praises of Serie A.
The Ivory Coast international has been playing in the Italian top flight since the summer of 2013 and believes that it is as good as the Premier League.
‘Having played in Ligue 1 and the Premier League, I don’t feel like the level of Italian football has dropped all that much’, the 27-year-old forward told Fifa.com.
‘In fact, Serie A remains a very attractive prospect, as some big-name players decided to come and play here during the summer.
‘Although some clubs have struggled in Europe, we’re going to work hard at projecting another image of Italian football’.
Many football followers would dismiss Gervinho’s lofty claims about Serie A. After all, this is a player who failed to impress during his two years at Arsenal and is now one of the key figures for AS Roma, who finished second in the league last season and are one of the favourites to win the title this term.
Although Italian clubs have struggled to make a huge impact in the Champions League in recent years, Serie A is one of the most entertaining domestic leagues in Europe. Although not as flamboyant as the Premier League or La Liga, the Italian top flight is supremely tactical and is intellectually very demanding.