Gianluigi Buffon ‘turns down the chance to go to Barcelona because he wants to be the number 1 of a club’

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Gianluigi Buffon ‘turns down the chance to go to Barcelona because he wants to be the number 1 of a club’ as 43-year-old leaves Juventus on a free transfer

  • Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has rejected a move to LaLiga giants Barcelona Barcelona
  • Barca want an experienced stopper to support their number 1 Marc Andre ter Stegen
  • However, Buffon doesn’t want to play second fiddle despite being 43 years old
  • Buffon’s contract with Juventus has expired, making him available on a free transfer

Gianluigi Buffon has turned down a move to LaLiga giants Barcelona because he wants to be the number 1 goalkeeper at his next club, according to reports.

The Italian goalkeeper has received offers from several clubs across Europe after announcing his plans to leave Juventus this summer.

However, Buffon has rejected the Catalans’ advances, as the club are reportedly looking for an experienced stopper to support their number 1 choice Marc Andre ter Stegen.

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (above) has rejected a move to LaLiga giants Barcelona

Buffon’s contract expired at the end of the season, making the goalkeeper available on a free transfer this summer.

Despite being 43 years old and entering his 26th season as a pro, Buffon is looking for regular football in the first team.

Therefore, according to SportBuffon turned down Barcelona’s offer, claiming he no longer wants to be a backup.

Buffon has rejected Ronald Koeman's offer because he does not want to play second fiddle

Buffon has rejected Ronald Koeman’s offer because he does not want to play second fiddle

Barça are looking for a stopper to support their number 1 choice Marc Andre ter Stegen (above)

Barça are looking for a stopper to support their number 1 choice Marc Andre ter Stegen (above)

The reason behind his decision is said to be related to Qatar 2022. Buffon is keen to secure a place in Italy’s World Cup squad and believes the only way to do that is to play regularly.

Buffon made 684 appearances for Juventus during his two spells with the Italian club.

After first joining Juve from Parma in 2001, Buffon stayed with the club for 17 seasons.

During his time at Juve, Buffon won ten Serie A titles, one Ligue 1 title and five Italian Cups

During his time at Juve, Buffon won ten Serie A titles, one Ligue 1 title and five Italian Cups

Buffon left in 2018 and spent a season with Paris Saint-Germain, where he won the French League. However, he later returned to Juventus in 2019.

During his time at the club, Buffon has won ten Serie A titles, one Ligue 1 title and five Italian Cups.

He has also capitulated 176 times by Italy – helping his country win the 2006 World Cup.

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