Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel revealed that Gianluigi Buffon is in danger of being overlooked as the club’s number one goalkeeper in favour of Alphonse Areola
The Italian great ended a trophy-laden 17 years with Juventus last season for a move to PSG as a free agent.
Buffon had started PSG’s opening three games of the 2018/19 Ligue 1 campaign.
However, the 40-year-old has since been dropped in favour of PSG academy graduate Areola for the club’s last three outings.
And Tuchel warned that the French shot-stopper, who is currently in talks over a new contract, is in pole position now to remain as his first choice for the season.
“Yes I chose. The decision is not final but I told Alphonse that he was in my opinion in pole position to be number 1,” Tuchel told RMC Sports.
“He comes from the academy. PSG is everything for him. And he absolutely wants to prove himself to PSG.
“This is a situation that must be respected and capitalised on. We must be proud to have players of this nature, we need this type of players who have the soul of PSG, who embody the club.
“We have a different situation with Gianluigi Buffon, a legend, an idol of Alphonse who is at his side. Both players have very strong personalities.
“We will have to fine-tune things. Gigi knows it, Alphonse knows it, if you get there, in this configuration, to be smart and generous with both, I’m sure we’ll be rewarded. And I’m sure that Alphonse will not be good despite Gigi but thanks to Gigi.”
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Tuchel added: “Gigi is not just a player on the bench. On a daily basis, he is a player who has a very big influence on the team, he played brilliantly against Guingamp for example, he saved us in the second half, he is on the bench because Alphonse needs to take minutes.
“Gigi would have the right to cross his arms on the bench and watch the game but he does not support it! It’s frenetic! He is present, he communicates with the players, tries to help me… and you understand why he is at the top and has such a career.”
PSG will resume with their Ligue 1 title defence on Friday away to Saint-Etienne.