Gigi Buffon explained why he wouldn’t want to face Juventus in the final of this seasons Champions League and how he got the role he wanted at Paris Saint-Germain.
The veteran keeper and Bianconeri legend discussed continuing his career in France and a brief return to Italy to train with Juve.
“After a week, PSG realised they hadn’t signed someone who was getting old but rather someone wanted to carve out their place in the team and help them grow,” Gigi told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I got the role I wanted: one of making myself available to help the club grow and show I’m still good enough.
“I have no regrets or disappointment about leaving Juve. My farewell was planned long ago and the chapter closed perfectly.
“Close to my home is ‘Rue Buffon’ (Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon) – When my son saw him he said, ‘Look, they’ve already made a street for you!’ I had to convince him that he was another Buffon…
“I was in Italy last week, I called Andrea and he gave me permission to train at Continassa for three days.
“If I had to face Juve in the Champions League, I’d prefer to do so before the Final because, if I was to win it, I wouldn’t my joy to coincide with the tears of my former teammates.
“After the Sweden game, Di Biagio had called me to say that he needed me for the two friendlies. I said ‘yes’ to him out of friendship and a sense of responsibility.
“At that point, shameful things were being said about me: that I was a gatecrasher, an old man clinging to his armchair.
“Then, out of pride and dignity, I stepped aside. Mancini’s called me since, asking for my availability in an emergency.
“However, there are Donnarumma, Perin, Sirigu, Cragno, Meret… so there’s no chance of seeing me back in blue.”