Chief of Qatar-owned PSG dispels Gianluigi Buffon transfer rumors

Gianluigi Buffon is a man in demand after announcing he is leaving Juventus. (AFP)
Updated 20 May 2018
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Chief of Qatar-owned PSG dispels Gianluigi Buffon transfer rumors

  • Italy legend has been linked with a move to France
  • But president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has faith in No. 1 Alphonse Areola

PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has poured water on suggestions Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon could step in to replace the French club’s No. 1 goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola.
Buffon, 40, played his final game for the Italian giants in a 2-1 win over Verona on Saturday, capping a 17-year career in Turin that harvested seven consecutive Serie A titles.
Buffon’s contract will expire in a matter of weeks, but asked if the French capital could be the emblematic Italian’s next destination, Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe sports daily on Sunday: “We have Areola, he’s our number one.”
When then asked if that would also be the case next season, Al-Khelaifi replied: “Yes, for sure.”
He added: “He (Buffon) is a fantastic goalkeeper, he’s very charismatic and is a true gentleman. I’m sure all the clubs want him.”
Areola underlined his feelings about the situation when he told Le Parisien newspaper Saturday he wanted to “remain number one” at PSG and would leave the club if that were not to be the case next season.
“Because if I’m not the number one anymore, it would mean the season I’ve just finished has all counted for nothing,” said the 25-year-old Areola, whose own deal ends in June 2019.
PSG, who regained the French league title this month, will be taken over by coach Thomas Tuchel next season. He succeeds Spaniard Unai Emery.


Saudi sports authority to broadcast the Italian Super Cup online

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Saudi sports authority to broadcast the Italian Super Cup online

  • The match starts at 8:30 p.m.
  • Juventus and AC Milan are up against each other

DUBAI: Football fans who are following the Italian Super Cup can watch the match tonight through Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority’s (GSA) Twitter page, the authority announced.

In partnership with Twitter, the GSA will be livestreaming the match between Juventus and AC Milan at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Updates on the match can also be viewed through a dedicated page for the Italian Super Cup, also known as Supercoppa Italiana, in Arabic on Twitter.

In October, GSA broadcasted the SuperClasico Championship on Twitter that took place in Riyadh and Jeddah between the Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Brazil and Argentina. The livestream generated almost 300,000 viewers.