Monday, 13 June 2011

Gianluigi Buffon Confirms Juve Stay

Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed that he will be staying at Juventus, media reports had suggested that the Italian would seek at move away from the Serie A club this summer, but the 33-year-old has squashed rumours to declare that he intends to stay at the club and help them win the Scudetto.

Buffon has spent the last ten years at the Olympic Stadium with the Bianconeri, racking up over 350 appearances in the process.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian said: "I remain and I will return to be the Buffon I once was. I feel a lot of love for Juve. In the past year with the club there have been some misunderstandings but I don't want to blame anyone.

"The club executives have learned to know me better and, I hope, to also appreciate me more. Hence, there's no doubt about my future. I will remain at Juve 100%."

With the new signing of Andrea Pirlo from AC Milan, Buffon is hoping that Juventus can challenge for silverware next season.

The goalkeeper has spoken of his love for the club and the fans, the player is under contract until 2013 and wants to help improve the club after experiencing a difficult time at the Turin club where he made only 17 appearances while the club finished a disappointing seventh in Serie A.

Juve, who appointed their former midfielder Antonio Conte as their new coach earlier this month, will miss out on European football next season following a below par campaign.

The players agent Martina told Radio Sportiva  "Since 2006, Gigi has had offers from all over the world and from two of Italy's biggest clubs.

“He had an injury and did not play for a long time, which created baseless rumours.

"He was coming off a seven-month absence and so he needed time to gradually recover but he never thought about leaving Juventus and nor did they ever think about selling him." Best Blogger Tips
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