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Buffon explains why he snubbed Barça


The veteran Italian goalkeeper reconsiders his refusal to sign in Catalonia.

Gianluigi Buffon brought smiles to football fans around the world when it was announced he was back in Parma, his first club, but the legendary Italian goalkeeper almost joined FC Barcelona.

Gigi Buffon almost signed for Barça

Talks were opened over Buffon going to Camp Nou, but there was a clear sticking point during the negotiations by the Italian veteran’s own admission: he didn’t want to be No.2 behind Marc-André ter Stegen.

“I had two big offers, but I didn’t want to be a replacement anymore. I was tired of being the second choice,” Buffon revealed during his presentation in Parma.

“I did it at Juventus because of the connection I have with the club, but to be honest I didn’t want to do it again, not like the last two years.”

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“I’ve had other great offers, even from Champions League teams, but the emotional involvement [avec Parme] decided me “.

“This emotion is the only way to continue playing at a high level. I knew Parma could offer me something that no other team would do. I am happy with the affection shown to me. I feel at home. I love being here. “

The 43-year-old, who went through PSG and who still has good leftovers, signed a two-year contract in Parma, relegated from Serie A to Serie B last season.

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