Wednesday April 16 2014
Buffon: I’d understand Pogba’s sale

Gianluigi Buffon says he understands if Juventus sell Paul Pogba, as he reflects on the importance of Antonio Conte and Carlos Tevez this term.

Young midfielder Pogba has continually attracted transfer speculation during his two seasons so far with the Old Lady, with Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Real Madrid all linked with interest in the €40m-rated star.

For his captain, there is a realisation of why there is such interest and also why it may bear fruit over the summer.

“Paul is an undeniable talent, a natural talent, a force of nature, he is a guy who has surprised everyone, that has exploded, not even in a lot of time,” Buffon has considered to Sky Sport Italia this week.

“Within two months, two-and-a-half months we had already figured out his talent, the player we were talking about.

“Then, evaluating in an economic time like this, at these particular moments, one can have so many considerations.

“But I also say that the directors at Juventus, together with the President, have always made very prudent decisions and have hardly put a step wrong. That will again be the case this time.”

Juventus stand on the verge of collecting a third consecutive League title and for Buffon, the credit belongs to Carlos Tevez and Antonio Conte.

“First of all, without Conte, I would have gone to Roma. Then, he has brought a lot this year on a motivational level, because it can be argued that after two Scudetti, the third is not so clear cut, because in some groups there can be a sense of fulfilment that can only cause issues.

“But someone like him has helped us this year to always stay on track, not to take anything for granted.

“I also have to say that in key moments of the season, in my opinion, the will to win and the characteristics of a driver like Carlos Tevez has given us a big hand, especially at the beginning, when we were a bit apathetic.

“His great physical prowess, although he is not enormous, his competitive spirit, in many games, especially at the start, dragged us and earned us the three points.

“Our objectives? We want the Scudetto and the Europa League, to return to being among the best in Europe.

“The Europa League is not a requirement, it is definitely a goal that could be within our reach, or is within our reach.

“If we express ourselves 100 per cent and if all the factors are in our favour.”