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Buffon to Donnarumma: Juventus is never wrong

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Veteran goalie is asked what advice he’d give the teenager

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In an interview published in today’s Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus club captain Gianluigi Buffon talks about young prodigy Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Gigi asked what advice he’d give the 18-year-old Gigio, and his answer could not have been more resounding.

"Well, Juventus is never wrong with Juve you can never go wrong... but I can not give Gigio advice because I do not live his situation, I do not know the emotional connection he can have with Milan.

“As a neutral I’ve already advised him regarding the national team, but for his club future what makes the difference is what vibrates inside your soul."

While on the topic of AC Milan players, he was also asked if Leonardo Bonucci would regret his decision to leave Juve before this season.

"I love Leo as a brother, because even in his excesses I still like him a lot. He has strong values ​​and, put in a certain context, it's a point of strength, an incredible resource.

“The Juve environment was perfect for him. I was sorry he went away because it seemed to be the choice of an impulsive and proud man.

“Every now and then when we speak I tell him that, and he replies that he was not impulsive, but made a thoughtful choice.

“He wanted to rekindle the fire with a strong and unpopular choice, I respect him, but I felt sorry and I still feel sorry for him too."

Italy v Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Buffon was also asked if he would continue to play beyond this season.

"No footballer would like to stop, but no, I'm very happy because I've come to an important stage in my life and I'm calm, and dealing with such a crucial junction with this inner harmony is what matters most and is really beautiful.

"The president (Andrea Agnelli) has been extraordinary with me for the last five years, saying ‘At some point in the season, come and tell me if you want to continue or not’. And so I will this time too.”

Two of his biggest career disappointments have come in the last year - given the choice, would he redo Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden, or the Champions League final in Cardiff against Real Madrid?

"Italy - Sweden I would not repeat. We did not fail in spirit, attitude or union, but we have revealed the limits of the current squad.

“I would go back to Cardiff because, if we gave even 80-90% of the effort of the Sweden game against Real, especially in the second half where we lacked consistency which has always been our strength.

Maybe we thought we could have an open duel with Real, and that was not true. There are strengths, an experienced team must understand that, and in our own way, we can win with anyone. When the stakes rise, we must be very careful.”