Buffon Predicts Neymar's World Cup Disappointment Could Make Him Stronger

Gianluigi Buffon signed for PSG on a free transfer after 17 years at Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon signed for PSG on a free transfer after 17 years at Juventus

Inevitably, Buffon was asked about his new teammate Neymar during the ceremony after Brazil's exit from the World Cup and endless speculation regarding the forward's future: "I think it is a hard moment for him and we've been through something like that at some stage of our careers". Today, I arrive in Paris with the enthusiasm of a child.

"PSG are the team that I followed the most in recent years because I was curious".

"I'm 40, healthy, so I will do my best to be important for PSG and to help my team-mates, not only the goalkeepers".

Buffon played alongside former PSG man Blaise Matuidi with Juventus last season and the former Azzurri star admitted that the France global encouraged him to move to Parc des Princes.

"But at the beginning of a season, you can't focus on a goal, only mad people do that and we're not mad here".

"Neymar can come back here with competitive anger and a desire for revenge after the disappointment in Russian Federation".

Buffon's contract has the option for a second season, but the veteran is not ready to think about when he might retire.

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"Paris have great ambitions and there is a constant progression".

"Nobody promised me the number one shirt".

He links up with PSG after leaving Juventus as a free agent, with the last 17 years having been spent in Turin . "I like competition and a challenge".

"Asked how much longer he can play for, Buffon admitted that he has stopped thinking about it and does not want to ask himself that question, because he feels it puts him in a negative situation".

"I played only a year with him but I have affection for him", he said.

The PSG ace is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world but failed to inspire his country in Russian Federation this summer.

He made 176 appearances for Italy - a European record - and was voted Serie A's goalkeeper of the year 12 times.

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