I wish he'll come to PSG - Motta wants Buffon reunion
As Gianluigi Buffon continues to be linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, the goalkeeper's former Italy team-mate Thiago Motta has backed the transfer.
Buffon is a free agent after ending a 17-year spell at Juve at the age of 40, the veteran indicating he has a choice of offers if he decided to play on.
PSG are reportedly ready to offer Buffon a two-year deal and Motta, who has just retired after a six-and-a-half-year spell with PSG as he prepares to coach the club's youth team, is hopeful of a reunion.
"Gigi is a sincere and honest person," Motta said to Le Parisien. "You just have to be clear with him from the beginning.
"For my part, I wish he'll come to PSG. Age is not important. If he comes, it's because he feels ready to come. He knows himself very well.
"And I think if he comes, it's because he has a huge motivation in mind. I don't know which one. But maybe it's winning the Champions League...
"Gigi Buffon is a huge personality. A top winner. If he comes here, everyone will understand him. He is a very positive person. With the experience he has today, at his age, he can bring on and off the field. I think it's a very good idea.
"After, there are many things to consider, and first of all the goalkeepers currently serving at PSG. Alphonse Areola played all season and showed that he was a top goalkeeper. Now things are in the hands of Gigi, the club and the coach."
There will never be anyone like @GianluigiBuffon.
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New PSG coach Thomas Tuchel demurred when asked about the prospect of signing Buffon at his unveiling.
"I cannot answer that question," Tuchel told reporters. "However, I am struggling to come to terms with the idea that he will not be in goal for Juventus or Italy.
"Behind this type of athlete, there is always a great personality. I do not know him personally. We'll see what happens."