Buffon boost for Bianconeri
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gianluigi Buffon's agent has stated that the keeper will play in Serie B for Juventus.
Gianluigi Buffon's agent has stated that the World Cup winning goalkeeper will remain with Juventus in Serie B next season.
The Italian international, widely regarded as the world's best shot-stopper, had been expected to leave the Bianconeri after the sanctions imposed on the club for their part in the Italian match-fixing scandal.
With clubs such as Arsenal, Roma and Milan reportedly circling it seemed as though a season in Serie B with a 30-point deduction would be too much to stomach for a star who is accustomed to the biggest stages.
However, Silvano Martina has now handed Juventus a huge boost in their bid to bounce back from the scandal, insisting that Buffon is prepared to stay with the Turin side for the coming campaign after they turned down an approach from Roma.
"Gigi is staying with Juventus," said Martina.
"He's ready to play in Serie B. There was a bid from Roma to take him on loan but Juve didn't consider it.
"The club said what any club would have, Buffon is an international and they could sell him for a vast fee, there's no reason to loan him."