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Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi dispels Gianluigi Buffon rumours

Gianluigi Buffon’s contract will expire in a matter of weeks but asked if Paris Saint-Germain could be the emblematic Italian’s next destination, Al-Khelaifi said: “We have Areola, he’s our number one.”

football Updated: May 20, 2018 23:27 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Paris
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Juventus goalie Gianluigi Buffon holds the Serie A trophy at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, on Saturday.(AP)

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has poured water on suggestions Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon could step in to replace the French club’s number one goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola.

Buffon, 40, played his final game for the Italian giants in a 2-1 win over Verona on Saturday, capping a 17-year career in Turin that harvested seven consecutive Serie A titles.

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Buffon’s contract will expire in a matter of weeks, but asked if the French capital could be the emblematic Italian’s next destination, Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe sports daily today: “We have Areola, he’s our number one.”

When then asked if that would also be the case next season, Al-Khelaifi replied: “Yes, for sure.”

He added: “He (Buffon) is a fantastic goalkeeper, he’s very charismatic and is a true gentleman. I’m sure all the clubs want him.”

Areola underlined his feelings about the situation when he told Le Parisien newspaper Saturday he wanted to “remain number one” at PSG and would leave the club if that were not to be the case next season.

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“Because if I’m not the number one anymore, it would mean the season I’ve just finished has all counted for nothing,” said the 25-year-old Areola, whose own deal ends in June 2019.

PSG, who regained the French league title this month, will be taken over by coach Thomas Tuchel next season. He succeeds Spaniard Unai Emery.

First Published: May 20, 2018 21:31 IST