Gianluigi Buffon Reveals The Three Premier League Sides Who Tried To Sign Him
As he prepares for the Champions League final, quite possibly his final opportunity to win the Europe's premier club competition, Gianluigi Buffon has opened up about the offers he had to move to the Premier League.
The Italian revealed that both Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger tried to sign him for Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, back in the day, when he burst onto the scene at Parma.
Here's Buffon, on his own, celebrating with Juventus fans, after reaching the Champions League final:
And he also noted that more recently, Manchester City made an approach for him when the club were taken over by Sheikh Mansour and an influx of money came into the club.
Buffon, despite his admiration for the Premier League, has no regrets about not having the opportunity to play in the top tier of English football.
As quoted byThe Mirror, he said:
"From what I know, there have been three serious times when English clubs made an approach for me.
"Two of them were when I was a young player at Parma, and I know Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger asked about me - and then, when Manchester City was taken over, I know they approached Juventus.
"There are many reasons why none of the deals happened. Even though the Premier League is a special league, I have always wanted to stay loyal to Juventus.
"I have always been very successful here. I would not have changed anything."
Fair play, Gigi.
I for one really hope that when the Champions League final is over and done with, Buffon is lifting the trophy.
After all, he's an absolute top bloke.
In July, the legendary goalkeeper proved once again that he should be regarded as one of the nicest men in football during a holiday in Italy.
The Juventus 'keeper was spotted playing football with some locals at the seaside town of Matina di Massa, near Pisa.
Here are some pictures of Buffon doing what he does best.
Later that year, Buffon took time out during an Italy game to sign a young lad's shirt. And he did it while the ball was still in play.
Granted, the Azzurri were only playing Liechtenstein, so the chances of the Juventus number one being called into action were ludicrously low, but even still, it's a pretty ballsy move by the Italian Superman.
Gigi, what a man you are.
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