Roberto Mancini suggests Gianluigi Buffon could play for Italy again

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New Italy manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that Gianluigi Buffon could play for Italy again having left Juventus following the end of the season.

The Italian shot-stopper called time on his Turin career last month and will now decide what his next step will be.

While it was expected that he would retire from football after leaving Juventus, he eventually revealed that he will access all options.

That has lead to links with Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and many more clubs.

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International future

With that in mind, Roberto Mancini has now explained that having spoken to the player, he could play for Italy again.

“I’ve spoken with him on the phone and he’s told me what his intentions are,” Mancini explained in a news conference on Thursday.

“He wants to carry on playing and anybody who is playing and is one of the best can be called up to the national team.

“I have just respected his wishes [not to be called up]. He told me a few days after I became Italy coach.”

While Buffon could return to the side, there are many options for the former Manchester City coach in goal.

“I still need to have a good look at them because I’ve got three great goalkeepers and I feel there are others missing too,” Mancini continued.

“We’re going to have to wait a while for the goalkeepers: we’ve got three games so all three Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mattia Perin and Salvatore Sirigu will play one each.”

Buffon and Zidane

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Juventus legend Gigi Buffon set for PSG

As mentioned earlier, Gianluigi Buffon is currently closest to joining Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The goalkeeper would certainly earn a huge pay packet before he does eventually retire and could have a better chance to win a Champions League with the French side.

Click here to find out more about a potential move to Paris.