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"I thought: 'What am I doing alone in Paris at 41-years-old?"

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Pin Buffon reflected and decided to go back. AFP
Buffon reflected and decided to go back. AFP

"I thought: 'What am I doing alone in Paris at 41-years-old?"

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Gianluigi Buffon spoke with the programme 'Tika Taka' and spoke about his short time at PSG and his decision to return to Juventus, as he came there because of his predisposition to put his family before his career.

Last summer, Gianluigi Buffon surprised everyone when he returned to Juventus after only one season at PSG. A lot of people thought that he would want a less demanding competition at his age, but he knew he would take the step back and be Juventus' second-choice keeper.

In an interview with the programme 'Tika Taka', the goalkeeper explained his decision to return and revealed that his family had a lot to do with it. "I decided to return to Juventus when, alone one night in Paris, I said: "What are you doing here at 41-years-old, alone, with you family in Italy?'. When Juventus made a good offer, I immediately accepted it," the legendary keeper stated.

Buffon also recalled his move to PSG, which was one of the most impressive on the planet in the summer of 2018: "I went to Paris because I could not reject the sporting and economic offer that PSG made me. When a club like that calls you at 40-years-old, it's a pride. I wanted to live a different experience and get out of my comfort zone".

The Italian goalkeeper ruled out thinking about retirement at the moment and stated that he feels good and sane for a while longer. He himself will decide when to step aside and retire: "I am in a physical and mental condition that makes me feel important again. I have not thought about my future, but I am already calm in evaluating myself. When I realise that I can no longer play how I want to play, I will leave the club and tell them that my career is over."

The 'Vecchia Signora' legend also analysed how different it is for him to feel like someone's second goalkeeper after an entire career as an indisputable starter. "It took a little getting used to because being the second-choice keeper is something new. I had some doubts, but they went away immediately and now I train with other goals. I want to challenge myself and that's more difficult than challenging another goalkeeper. If I reach the level I'm aiming for, I'm happy," he said.

To finish, he regretted Chiellini's loss, although he say reasons to be optimistic in the fact that it will allow De Ligt to adapt quicker. He also praised Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Conte, of who he said is capable of making "sporting miracles". With Sarri he assured that little by little they are getting used to him.

 

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