Buffon pondering Juventus future
Buffon was one of the few high-profile players to stick with Juve after their relegation from Serie A for their role in Calciopoli, the Italian match-fixing scandal.india Updated: Jan 03, 2007 19:44 IST
Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon says he may quit the club unless they secure promotion and strengthen their squad.
Buffon was one of the few high-profile players to stick with Juve after their relegation from Serie A for their role in Calciopoli, the Italian match-fixing scandal.
But the 28-year-old, who kept goal for Italy in their triumphant World Cup campaign this year, may not hang around much longer unless the club make a swift return to the top division and bring in reinforcements.
Asked whether he was committed to the fallen Turin giants, Buffon told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday: "We'll talk about it later, in the next couple of months, but I can't promise anything.
"I can decide to go, just as I could decide to stay. Anything can happen. We will see where we are in the table and if there has been some movement in the transfer market."
Buffon, still the world's most expensive keeper after he joined Juve from Parma for 52.3 million euros ($69.2 million) in 2001, breathed a sigh of relief last week when an investigation into his alleged illegal gambling was dropped by the Italian football federation (FIGC).
Juventus are currently third in Serie B on 32 points, one behind joint leaders Rimini and Piacenza.
Juve were demoted to the second division and given a nine-point handicap for influencing the outcome of matches in the 2004-05 season.
They were also stripped of the league titles they won in the 2004-05 and the 2005-06 seasons and denied entry into the European Champions League.