Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has publicly conceded defeat to Milan in the race for the Italian league title.

Champions Juventus lie second on 59 points, nine behind Milan but with seven games to go the Italian international believes the gap is too big to breach.

“Milan have won it, it’s useless to pretend it won’t happen,” said the Italy international.

“Many people will say it is possible just to keep the championship alive, but it’s over.”