Thursday May 17 2018
Buffon won’t rule out England

Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed that ‘I’ve received some proposals’ to keep playing and refused to rule out a move to the Premier League.

Buffon announced during his Thursday Press conference that he would be leaving Juve, but the veteran goalkeeper left the door open to England, where he has been linked with Liverpool.

“Up until 15 days ago, it was certain and well-known that I would stop playing,” continued the 40-year-old.

“Now I have received some proposals and exciting challenges, both on the field and off it. The most important for staying on the pitch was proposed to me by Agnelli.

“Over the next three days, full of emotion, I will after two or three days of reflection make a definitive decision. I’ll try to follow whatever calls to my soul and my nature.

“A return to Parma is a romantic childhood dream, but nothing more than that, no. I feel great gratitude. I am grateful to feel the club so close to me, my former teammates and everyone.

“I am probably a bit dim, but I don’t feel fear. Moderate fear, as is understandable when going into a change of lifestyle and habits, but little more than that.

“I live to get out of my comfort zone and test myself in more complicated situations that I don’t know. That’s a way of seeing what you’re made of and I have never been afraid of a challenge - quite the opposite.

“It’s about feelings, the importance you can have in a project, the motivation you could have and my physical fitness too. There are many things I need to consider without letting myself get caught up in the moment.

“I am certainly not someone who, as I said a while back, thinks it is right to end my career in who knows what third or fourth level division, as I am a competitive animal and I wouldn’t be able to live or feel at ease in that situation.

“The Premier League? said that I received a few proposals, very interesting ones, both for on the field and off it. Next week, once everything has calmed down a little bit, I will decide what I think is best for me.

“There’s no point now betting on where I could go. If I were to continue, I’d want to challenge for big honours, because that’s what I live for and in a way it’s my limitation too.”

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