Thursday May 24 2018
Mancini: ‘Buffon will play on’

New Italy CT Roberto Mancini confirms Gianluigi Buffon “wants to continue playing” and “anyone who plays can be called to the national team”.

The goalkeeper is leaving Juventus when his contract expires on June 30, but appears to have changed his mind about hanging up his gloves.

“I spoke to him on the phone and he explained his intention to me,” Mancini said in today’s Press conference at Coverciano.

“He wants to continue playing, and anyone who plays and is at their best can be called to the national team.

“He told me two days after I became CT.

"Daniele De Rossi? Every player, both him and Buffon and every player who is in condition could be called, the door isn't closed to anyone.

"That said, we do have to look to the future."