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Gigi Buffon snubs “Premier League offers” to complete Juventus return

By CJ Smith

Published: 15:15, 4 July 2019

Gianluigi Buffon has completed his return to Juventus after spending last season with Ligue 1 champions, PSG.

The 2006 World Cup winner left the Old Lady at the end of the 2017/18 season and played 25 games across all competition for PSG last term, helping the Parisians to a sixth French title in seven years.

Buffon’s sensational return: Five key things to know…

  • Buffon made 656 appearances for Juve between 2001 and 2018.
  • He helped the Old Lady to nine Serie A titles during that time.
  • Buffon left Juve in the summer of 2018, joining PSG.
  • The Italian played 25 times across all competitions for the French champions.
  • But he has now re-joined Juve after snubbing “many” offers from the Premier League.

But Buffon and PSG didn’t agree on a new contract, resulting in his departure from the Parc des Princes and links to various sides around Europe, including FC Porto to replace Iker Casillas and various Premier League clubs.

“He had many offers, especially from the Premier League and from other large teams,” Buffon’s agent, Silvano Martina, told the Daily Mail ahead of his signing.

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Juventus announced the re-signing of Buffon until the end of next season with a statement on their official website which read: “After a year away from Turin, Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Juventus, after penning in a one-year contract which will tie him to the club until 30 June 2020.

“It was 19 May 2018. That was the day when there were tears in everyone’s eyes; when Gigi said goodbye to Juventus, it’s fans and vice-versa. It was the bidding of a farewell to someone who was more than just a captain, but a legend and a symbol of the club.

“Probably each of us hoped, and in the end, knew that the yarn that united us for so many years was not destined to break. And that was the case.

“After a year with Paris Saint-Germain, where Gigi registered saves on 73,5% of his attempts, won 13 of 17 games played in Ligue 1, and added a French league title along with a Super Cup to his incredible trophy cabinet, Gigi has officially returned to Juventus.

“Buffon is back home!”