Buffon plans Juve stay
Gianluigi Buffon insists he is giving no thought to the prospect of leaving Juventus in the summer.
By Simone Bargellini & Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 03/02/10 8:44pm
Gianluigi Buffon insists he is giving no thought to the prospect of leaving Juventus should the club fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Juventus have slipped out of the Champions League places in recent weeks after a wretched run of form which has also seen coach Ciro Ferrara sacked and replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni.
The dip in form has led to suggestions that long-serving goalkeeper Buffon could be tempted to quit the club in the summer if Juve are not playing in Europe's elite competition.
However, the 32-year-old remains confident the Old Lady will finish in the top three and is not considering a move away from Stadio Olimpico.
"Would I look around if Juve miss out on Champions League qualification for next season?" said Buffon at a press conference.
"It's something that I haven't given any consideration to because I haven't given any consideration to Juventus not getting into the Champions League.
"Our base is good and we can finish in the top three positions. We must be ready to implement immediately the wishes of the new coach and put them into practice.
"Our objectives are to win the Europa League and to qualify for the Champions League. I am convinced that we will succeed.
"Would I go abroad? Yes, with Juventus in the Champions League."