Buffon planning for life in management24 May 2019
Gianluigi Buffon already has his sights on his career once he hangs up the gloves, wanting to go into international management.
The Juventus legend and current PSG goalkeeper is nearing the end of his playing days. Despite stating he planned to fulfill his dream of winning the Champions League, time is running out for the Italian national.
Whilst other former Serie A legends have gone into club management, such as Pippo Inzaghi, Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso.
But Buffon has stated his desire to manage at an international level. Speaking to CNN, the legendary keeper said;
“I don’t want to coach an ordinary football club. I would like to become the coach of a national football team, meet with different players, visit different countries, live in foreign countries, learn new languages and become familiar with and adapt to other cultures. It is time for new challenges,”
He may have to wait a while for an opportunity to manage the Italian national team, with Roberto Mancini currently in the hotseat and at the beginning of a new era for the Azzurri.
But he may get the opportunity to cut his teeth at another country. Like the aforementioned Seedorf, who struggled at club level and has since taken over the Cameroon national team to gain some much needed experience at the top level.
Buffon has yet to officially retire but his contract at PSG is running out and will need to make a decision in the near future.