'I wish he'll come to PSG' - Motta hoping for Buffon reunion

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The former Italy international believes the French champions' pursuit of the goalkeeper is a “very good idea”

Thiago Motta has backed Paris Saint-Germain's pursuit of Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon is a free agent after ending a 17-year spell at Juve at the age of 40 , the veteran indicating he has a choice of offers if he decided to play on.

PSG have offered Buffon a two-year deal , Goal understands, and Motta - who played alongside the goalkeeper for Italy - is hopeful of a reunion.

"Gigi is a sincere and honest person," Motta -  who has just retired after a six-and-a-half-year spell with PSG as he prepares to coach the club's youth team - said to Le Parisien .

"You just have to be clear with him from the beginning.

"For my part, I wish he'll come to PSG. Age is not important. If he comes, it's because he feels ready to come. He knows himself very well.

"And I think if he comes, it's because he has a huge motivation in mind. I don't know which one. But maybe it's winning the Champions League...

"Gigi Buffon is a huge personality. A top winner. If he comes here, everyone will understand him. He is a very positive person. With the experience he has today, at his age, he can bring on and off the field. I think it's a very good idea.

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"After, there are many things to consider, and first of all the goalkeepers currently serving at PSG. Alphonse Areola played all season and showed that he was a top goalkeeper. Now things are in the hands of Gigi, the club and the coach."

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New PSG coach Thomas Tuchel demurred when asked about the prospect of signing Buffon at his unveiling.

"I cannot answer that question," Tuchel told reporters. "However, I am struggling to come to terms with the idea that he will not be in goal for Juventus or Italy. 

"Behind this type of athlete, there is always a great personality. I do not know him personally. We'll see what happens."

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