The Italian goalkeeper insists that he enjoyed his time in Parc des Princes, but admits he felt connected to the Bianconeri after leaving Turin.
Gianluigi Buffon says it was a”natural” choice for him to return to Juventus after only one full year at Paris Saint-Germain, because of the fact he was not able to cut the”umbilical cord” after his Allianz Stadium exit in the summer of 2018.
At age 40, Buffon called time on a 17-year bout with Juve and proceeded to Parc des Princes on a free transfer, putting pen to paper on a yearlong manage the choice of a further 12 months.
The prior Italy number one left Turin on a high having played an integral role in still another Serie A victory and embarked on a new challenge in France with Thomas Tuchel’s PSG.
Buffon racked up 25 looks across all contests for the Ligue 1 winners incomplete and helped them keep their national crown, but he was lured back to Juve at the end of last year.
The World Cup winner retraced his footsteps, understanding he would need to play second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny in between the sticks, describing the movement as the”happiest day” of his life.
He’s explained why he rejoined Juve, admitting that while he had some time away in the Allianz Stadium to”detoxify”, he remained bound to the club on a psychological level.
“The return to Juve was organic. In the long run, I had an excellent year in Paris and I must say I wanted it to detoxify myself,” Buffon informed Juventus’ TV channel.
“However it’s apparent that the contact Juve was always there, together with the President, with Fabio Paratici, and older friends. I played a year overseas without cutting the umbilical cord.
“I don’t know what is going to happen next year, it’s a fact that two years ago I practically retired and what happened, happened.
When asked why he continues to dodge retirement having turned the ripe old age of 42 in January, Buffon responded: “Since I feel fine, and I wish to respect the dreams I had when I was a little boy.
“At that age, I would have been thrilled had they explained I would eventually become a Serie C goalkeeper.”
The legendary Italian shot-stopper went on to show he started encouraging Juve as a child when Giovanni Trapattoni was accountable for was enamoured by his fellow countryman’s electrifying character.
“Do you need a revelation? Which I’ve never said, as I did not need to look the part of a businessman? As a child up to age seven, I had been a Juventus fan,” Buffon added.
“But I fell in love with Giovanni Trapattoni and if he travelled to Inter [in 1986], I hesitated because my love for his personality was such that I then supported Inter.
“Then I began to cheer for Pescara, Como, Avellino, Campobasso, then from 12 years old, I started encouraging Genoa.
“This makes it clear how significant figures are past the team. Trapattoni electrified me.”