Thursday July 4 2019
'Buffon rejected England for Juve'

Gianluigi Buffon’s agent claims the goalkeeper rejected the Premier League for Juventus as he ‘has always made choices with his heart and never for his wallet.’

Buffon had been linked with the likes of Leeds United and Porto, as well as several Serie A sides, after he chose to leave Paris Saint-Germain.

However, he will instead end his career back at Juve, where he previously spent 17 years, winning nine Scudetti.

“He had many offers, especially from the Premier League and from other large teams,” Silvano Martina told The Daily Mail.

“I don’t name names, it’s not in my style but I think you won’t have problems understanding.

“Buffon has always made choices with his heart and never for his wallet. You can compare his return home to that of a husband who after an escapade can’t wait to hug his wife again.

“Buffon’s love for Juventus is very strong. Turin is his home, it is a very important thing even for his family.

“Everyone lives in Turin and at the age 41, having the family always present is essential.’

“I don’t think it was a betrayal to go to PSG. He didn’t stay in Italy. It was a quick, immediate offer. 

“As his agent I advised him to accept considering all this as a nice thing and also to consider that it would provide a comfortable lifestyle for his large family.”

Martina then commented Adrien Rabiot’s decision to follow the 41-year-old to Turin from PSG, as well as fellow new boy Aaron Ramsey and shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny.

“I think that Rabiot listened to Gigi with respect and sympathy. I consider Rabiot making the best choice.

“Ramsey is a great player, I can tell you he is happy, playing the best job in the world with the champions.

“The Welsh[man] can only be filled with pride. Gigi loves technical players like Aaron.

“Gigi turns 42 in January and staying at this level at this age is not easy. Szczesny is a great goalkeeper like Gigi.”

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