Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has warned his club that he will leave the club if they are unable to build a team capable of challenging for next season’s Serie A title.
Buffon, who has been at Juventus since 2001, was one of the few ‘name’ players to remain at the club when it was demoted to Serie B in July as punishment for its part in a match-fixing scandal.
Juventus are on course to bounce straight back up into the top flight at the end of this season, But promotion alone would not be enough to ensure Buffon stayed at the club.
“To go down in history as one of the cornerstones of a Juventus that finishes 12th in Serie A would not be gratifying for a keeper that many describe as among the best in the world,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport .
“I need to feel there is something big to aim for. You can do without that for a year, but then you really start to miss it.”
“In the last few months, many Juventus officials have said how much they respect me and made me feel that I really belong to this club,” he added.
“At a certain point, however, one has to stop and look at things from a purely footballing point of view and weigh up whether one’s personal interests and the interests of the club coincide.”