Areola vows to challenge Buffon as he enters PSG contract talks

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Gianluigi Buffon faces a fight to establish himself as first-choice with the French club as his rival is in no hurry to leave

World Cup winner Alphonse Areola is in talks to extend his stay at Paris Saint-Germain after entering the final season of his contract.

Speculation has surrounded the France goalkeeper's future since veteran Gianluigi Buffon arrived as a positional rival in July.

Roma reportedly considered making him Alisson's successor while Chelsea goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon claims his compatriot was keen on replacing Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.

A transfer failed to materialise and the 25-year-old now appears set to continue at his hometown club.

"Discussions [over a new deal] have begun," Areola told Telefoot.

"The season is not over. I have a year left and I hope to be successful.

"The important thing is to play. Playing at home is even better. If I'm allowed to play, why not [stay]?"

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Areola was left out of PSG's first two matches of the new Ligue 1 season before Thomas Tuchel recalled him for wins over Angers and Nimes. He will feature in the Champions League, given Buffon is serving a suspension after his dismissal against Real Madrid last term.

The former Lens, Bastia and Villarreal loanee made his long-awaited international debut in France's 0-0 draw with Germany on Thursday, impressing in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris.

 

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