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Gianluigi Buffon ‘rejected transfer to two Premier League clubs’ before Juventus return

Gianluigi Buffon reportedly turned down both Manchester United and Manchester City before making an emotional return to Juventus this summer.

The 41-year-old veteran keeper was available for a move after spending a year at Paris Saint-Germain, and it initially seemed as though he would retire from playing and move into a coaching role.

However, the Italian World Cup winner couldn’t resist one more spell at his beloved Juventus and perhaps one more shot at an elusive Champions League winners medal.

But according to the Daily Mail , Buffon rejected offers from both Manchester clubs before choosing to go back to Turin.



Buffon meets the crowds before his medial at Juventus

It is thought he was not happy with the bit-part role he played at PSG, as he made just 17 appearances in Ligue 1 and was largely a back-up for first choice Alphonse Areola.

He therefore didn’t want to do the same in England, and although he is still expected to be behind Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order at Juve, he is more accepting of this because of his deep affection towards the club.

He was convinced into the move by a phone call from Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who assured him he would play at least 10 games next season so that he can overtake ex-AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini as Serie A’s all-time leading appearance maker.



Buffon did not have the most successful spell at PSG

He will, however, earn far less than he could have done in England, and is expected to take home £1.35m by the end of the season as opposed to almost double that at United or City.

Buffon is considered a legend at Juventus, where he made a staggering 656 appearances in all competitions between 2001-2018, winning 11 Serie A titles and four Copa Italias.

He has never won the Champions League, however, having been on the losing side in the final twice.

If he can help The Old Lady towards winning it next season it would be the crowning glory on what has been a sparkling career.



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