February 18, 2019

Gianluigi Buffon: 'Champions League is not an obsession'

10 July 2018, 10:10 | Anna Jefferson

Gianluigi Buffon signed for PSG on a free transfer after 17 years at Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon signed for PSG on a free transfer after 17 years at Juventus

"There's a special energy, which I felt straight away, I don't know if it's the atmosphere, the magic of Paris". The 40 year old Buffon is a five-time recipient of a place in the UEFA Team of the Year and moves to France off his ninth Scudetto, and seventh successive, to join the French league champions going into 18/19 with their sixth Ligue 1 title in seven years.

The 18-year-old USA global is now the one looking to make a lasting impression after three appearances for PSG's first team last season.

"I still feel deep inside that I have something more to give". I was very curious - great players and great talents are of interest to me.

Many expected the 40-year-old to retire from football this summer, however it's clear there are still ambitions deep within the Italian icon, although he will miss PSG's first three Champions League matches through suspension. "I'll do my best to help the team achieve the best results that can be achieved, but the Champions League won't be an obsession", he said.

Buffon played alongside former PSG man Blaise Matuidi with Juventus last season and the former Azzurri star admitted that the France worldwide encouraged him to move to Parc des Princes. I was surprised that the club was unable to progress as it wanted to, but it takes time to evolve as hoped.

"Neymar can come back here with competitive anger and a desire for revenge after the disappointment in Russian Federation".

"I think that, recently, PSG have been very ambitious and showed continued progress".

"Nobody promised me the number one shirt. When that's the case, I'll stop".

"I am of a certain age, but I am in good health - physically, as well as mentally".

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