Wednesday November 20 2013
Lucescu: Shakhtar tried for Buffon

Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu has claimed that his side tried to sign Gianluigi Buffon before he renewed with the Bianconeri.

The Italy international signed an extension with the Old Lady earlier this year, but the Romanian Coach has revealed that his team attempted to lure the shot-stopper to Ukraine.

“We tried to sign Buffon,” he told Tuttosport. “But then he renewed with Juve and that was the end of that.

“It would have been a superb signing for us, both on the pitch and our image off it.”

Lucescu was effusive in his praise for the Turin club and Antonio Conte.

“Juve are a very strong team. If they get out of their Champions League group this year, they can go all the way.

“Conte’s a man I like. In the future, I’m sure the biggest teams will be after him.

“I think the Scudetto will be between Juve, Napoli and Roma.”

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