Friday, April 27, 2018

Buffon nears new deal; Modric urges Bale to join Real Madrid

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is close to signing a new deal with the Turin giants, while insisting that he does not think about a future at another club, Sky Sports understands.

Buffon, 34, is under contract at the Juventus Stadium until next summer, but an extension between the two parties in the coming weeks is all but inevitable.

Nonetheless, the Italy international did concede that he has not ruled out a possible move abroad after revealing that the only Serie A club he would consider playing for is his boyhood club Parma.

“A month ago, I met with the president Agnelli and we found a draft agreement for a new contract,” Buffon told La Nazione.

“We’ll formalise everything soon. There are no money problems. At my age they know my value and what I can still give.

“A future at another club? I don’t think about it. Maybe at the end of my career I could evaluate an experience abroad.

“In Italy, the only club that I would consider is Parma, the team which launched me in the great game of football.”

Buffon has started 12 of Juventus’ 14 Serie A matches this season, keeping four clean sheets for the Italian table-toppers.

Juve are scheduled to host Torino in the Turin city derby tomorrow, with the hosts at the top of the table and the visitors in 14th-place despite conceding an average of one goal per game and having a positive goal difference (+1).

Expect a low-scoring clash between the bitter Turin rivals, with Juve winning by the slimmest of margins. 1-0 Bianconeri.

Modric urges Bale to join Real Madrid

Real Madrid attacking midfielder Luka Modric has called for former Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Gareth Bale to join him at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu if he wishes to fulfill UEFA Champions League aspirations, Sky Sports reports.

Bale, 23, was on scintillating form in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, fueling speculation that he may be set to leave North London for Madrid in the near future.

The Wales international winger has already bagged 10 goals and four assists in 25 appearances for club and country this term, including six goals in 14 starts in the Premier League.

“We used to talk and I know he wants to play Champions League football every season and has a big dream of winning the Champions League,” revealed Modric.

“Madrid would be a great club for him to achieve his dreams. I play with Ronaldo here at Madrid and the way he just runs with the ball with such confidence and defenders back off him is exactly the same as Gareth.

“To have them both in the same team would be unstoppable.”

Expect Andre Villas-Boas to showcase Bale when Spurs visit Craven Cottage to take on Fulham tomorrow, which surely means another win for the Portuguese boss.


Shawn Etemadi



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