It seems that Guglielmo Vicario’s transfer from Empoli to Tottenham Hotspur has made some people unhappy in Italy.

Following the 26-year-old’s confirmed switch to Spurs, La Stampa today features an interview with former Torino goalkeeper Giovanni Galli that talked about it.

The 65-year-old, who retired in 1996, claimed to be completely against the move to Tottenham. Quoted by TuttoMercatoWeb, he says that this kind of transfer is a ‘loss’ for Italian football.

“It is for our youth. The Italians must stay in Italy, they must be the reference points for the goalkeepers of the future,” Giovanni Galli told La Stampa.

“It’s true that football is now global, but who watches Donnarumma in France? The healthy spirit of emulating is lost.”

Tottenham had been in a strong pursuit for a new goalkeeper this summer, as they continue to search for a younger goalkeeper who can take Hugo Lloris’ place in the long term.

Following weeks of negotiatiosn, Spurs agreed to a €20m deal with Empoli, with Vicario signing a five-year deal with the London side.

The 26-year-old had long experience in Italian football, having featured for the likes of Cagliari, Fontanafredda, Perugia, Empoli and Venezia.

Now only time will tell whether Italian people will regret seeing Vicario leaving for Tottenham, even though the big Italian clubs failed to concretely come forward for him.