Join Manchester City? No way! Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon bruises Eastlands egos with transfer warning

By Sportsmail Reporter

Gianluigi Buffon has dismissed reports of a move to Manchester City by telling the Eastlands outfit that there is 'no way' Europe's top stars will join the club.

The veteran Italy keeper has been linked with a switch to mega-bucks City, with Juventus understood to be considering cashing in on the 32-year-old. Buffon was a target for the club last summer before the arrival of current No 1 Shay Given.

But Buffon has dashed any transfer talk, and in the process dealt a blow to ambitious City's hopes of joining the continent's elite by claiming the club simply doesn't compare to Europe's top sides.

Rejection: Juventus goalkeeper Buffon isn't interested in a move to Eastlands

Rejection: Juventus goalkeeper Buffon isn't interested in a move to Eastlands

The news will bruise egos at City, already fragile after the high-profile snub delivered by then-AC Milan star Kaka, who chose a future at Real Madrid over joining the Eastlands revolution.

'It doesn't surprise me that a lot of big players have turned down Manchester City,' Buffon is quoted as saying in the Daily Express.

'The best players in the world want to be playing for the top teams in the top three leagues, no more than five or six teams in Europe. It's a very elite list and Manchester City have to accept the fact they are not one of them.

Snub: Kaka turned down a move to City to join Real Madrid

Snub: Kaka turned down a move to City to join Real Madrid last summer

'I read that City were interested in me last summer. I don't know if anything was tabled, but there is no way I could have considered it. I couldn't justify leaving one of Europe's most famous clubs for a team that are not playing football at the highest level.'

Despite hammering City's status among the continent's top sides, Buffon also offered hope that City's millions may yet persuade the game's stars to move to Manchester in future, but on one condition: City must qualify for the Champions League.

He said: 'They have signed some fantastic players, but if they want to go up to the next level and sign even better players then they must claim a Champions League spot this year.' 


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