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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 14:20 GMT
Platini critical of Wenger policy
Uefa president Michel Platini (left) and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Platini (left) is not a fan of Wenger's youth policy
Uefa president Michel Platini has criticised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and other clubs who buy players at a young age.

Wenger is famous for investing in burgeoning talent and developing youngsters into major stars.

But Platini is not a fan of his fellow Frenchman's strategy and said: "I do not like the system of Arsene Wenger.

"In France, Italy and Spain it is easy to buy with money the best players at 14, 15 or 16. I don't like that."

He added: "If the best clubs buy the best 15 or 16 players that is finished for all the clubs in Europe.

I am very open to everybody and what is good for football

Platini on his Champions League proposals

"If my son is playing at Millwall and at 16 Manchester come in for this player then when will Millwall have a good team?"

Platini is keen for countries to give one of their Champions League qualifying positions to the winners of the domestic cup competition and Uefa will hold a meeting on 12 November to discuss the proposal, among other options.

"The leagues are not so in favour of this proposal but the clubs and the national associations are more in favour of this.

"But I am very open to everybody and what is good for football, not for me and my ideas but for football."



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