August 4, 2020

Buffon relishing Paris-Saint Germain’s challenge

July 30, 2018
Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon insists he is not guaranteed to be Paris-Saint Germain’s first-choice goalkeeper but he is looking forward to the challenge.

The highly-decorated Italian brought his 17-year association with Juventus to an end earlier in the summer before he opted to join the Parisians on a one-year deal, although he faces a battle to be the number one at the Parc des Princes, as Alphonse Areola and Kevin Trapp also form part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Buffon has started PSG’s International Champions Cup matches against Bayern Munich and Arsenal, although those games ended in 3-1 and 5-1 defeats, while he did not feature in their most recent friendly with Atletico Madrid.

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The 40-year-old knows he faces a battle to claim a starting berth when the competitive action gets underway, but he insists he has never been guaranteed a place in any team during his illustrious career.

“I haven’t spoken to anybody, but it’s important for me to say one thing: in my 24-year career, nobody has ever told me ‘you will be the main goalkeeper’,” Buffon told reporters.

“I believe that one has to train and put himself in the best condition to play when called.

“And once again I am here to do my best when I am called by the coach, but also to help everybody improve. So I have two functions.”

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