Saturday July 21 2012
Buffon: 'Juve are Number 1'

Gigi Buffon “can’t wait” to get back to his Juventus teammates and play at least 50 games this season. “We have the Number 1 club in Italy.”

The goalkeeper is still on vacation because he was part of the Italy side that reached the Euro 2012 Final.

“I can’t wait to join my teammates, as too many days have passed since I was last on the football field,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

The Bianconeri have already signed the likes of Mauricio Isla and Kwadwo Asamoah, while they have reportedly made an offer to Arsenal for Robin Van Persie.

“I won’t name names, but we have the Number 1 club in Italy and great directors. Giuseppe Marotta is excellent at his job and knows what to do, so I am relaxed and have the utmost faith in the club.”

Buffon is already 34 years old, but has no intention of winding down his career ahead of the next World Cup.

“I have set myself the target of playing at least 50 games this season between Juventus and the Nazionale. I know that I can do it.

“Brazil 2014? Well, if you saw what I did at the Euros, then you’d have worked out roughly whether I’ll be at the World Cup in two years or not...”

The shot-stopper was speaking at the presentation of Carrarese’s new campaign, as he bought his hometown club and could be the President in future.

“I am in a situation that I’m not really accustomed to, as I am still a player, but I could not resist the call of my homeland. When Carrarese were in difficulty, I felt it was my duty to help. At that point I decided to buy all the club shares.

“There is a serious and credible project in place here and we took some young players from Juve who will have a future in Serie B or A.”

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