Gigi keen on Real not United
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gianluigi Buffon's agent says his client is more likely to join Real Madrid.
Gianluigi Buffon's agent Silvano Martina has told skysports.com that his charge is not interested in joining Manchester United, claiming Real Madrid are the only club who could convince his client to leave Juventus.
The Sun speculated over the weekend that The Red Devils were tabling a é¼50 million bid for the Italy shot-stopper, who is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
The rumour spread to the Italian media as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to replace Roy Carroll, who is leaving under the Bosman Ruling.
However, Martina has stressed that money would not be the motivating factor behind the Azzurri keeper leaving Juve.
"It's true Juventus have a habit of selling their top players when a proper offer comes in," he told skysports.com. "But I don't think they plan to sell Buffon, at least not for now.
"Anyway, in these situations a crucial role is played by the will of the player and Gigi is fully committed to Juventus, as the Bianconeri are one of the best three clubs in the world."
Martina also added Buffon would only consider a move away from the Italian champions if he had the chance to join Real Madrid.
"Should Buffon one day decide to quit Juventus, that would be only for Real Madrid," Martina explained. "That's why I don't think reports about Manchester United will come to anything real."
The agent also paid tribute to Milan keeper Dida, claiming he and Buffon are the world's best keepers.
"In my opinion, Gigi is the number one in his role, but I also would like to congratulate Dida for his great season.
"Unfortunately for him, Milan lost both the Scudetto and the UEFA Champions League, but he really can't be blamed for that."