Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed he would be open to a move to the Premier League as he admits there is a possibility he could leave Juventus this summer.
Buffon opted to stay with Juve following their relegation to Serie B in 2006 but, with Juve now out of the race for Champions League qualification, there has been renewed speculation that he could move on.
“If I had to leave, I think England would be my destination,” Buffon told Sky Sport 24. “My desire to leave Juve is equal to that of Juve’s will to have me leave.
“At this time there is nothing [to discuss] but there are two weeks to go [before the end of the season] and anything can happen. Juve always has the priority and we will see if we will decide for our paths to continue together.”
His agent, Silvano Martina, had earlier played down speculation of a departure. He told Tutto Mercato Web: “I haven’t anything new to report except the things that I always repeat.
“Buffon has three years left on his contract, so I don’t see why he should leave Juve. I don’t read that Francesco Totti or Diego Milito are leaving their respective teams, so why should Buffon who also has a contract?
“In life anything can happen, but I repeat that for now he is a Juventus player tied to a three-year contract.”
Buffon accepts that the players have to take their share of the responsibility for the club’s disappointing season, but he conceded there need to be changes at the club if he is to remain next season.
“Everyone is to blame as we [the players] have got things wrong as well,” he said. “At the start of the season, we believed that we were a good side, but four or five good results does not make you a champion team.
“Not everything needs to be redone. There were many good things, and plenty of good players to keep, but there are some things that need to be looked at, otherwise we risk going through several seasons with the same problem.”
Juventus recently appointed a new club president and are understood to have made an approach to bring in Rafael Benitez from Liverpool.