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Buffon insists there is no competition with Areola at PSG

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Gianluigi Buffon denies that there is any rivalry at Paris Saint-Germain with fellow goalkeeper Alphonse Areola this season

The 40-year-old has had his minutes in goal split with Areola at the Parc Des Princes with manager Thomas Tuchel refusing to name a clear number one.

As a result, both keepers have made 13 starts each for PSG this term.

But, for Buffon, there are no hard feeling towards the 25-year-old Areola.

“With the difference in our age and perspectives there’s no competition, only synergy and even friendship,” Buffon told Corriere della Sera.

“Areola is an exceptional goalkeeper and a person of infinite goodness that melts me.

“When he plays he’s happy, and I’m also here to help him become a reference point for France and in Europe.”

Over at Juventus, Buffon enjoyed a trophy-laden 17 years with nine Serie A, four Coppa Italia and five Supercoppa Italiana titles.

However, Europe’s biggest club trophy in the Champions League has continued to elude the veteran keeper across his entire 23-year career.

“Only at the end of my career will I tell you what the Champions League was for me,” Buffon said.

“That said, I didn’t come here to win it, because if I had I would not have understood anything.

“I hope to bring something more and improve upon what’s been done up to now, that would be important.”

PSG will return to action on this Sunday away to Stade Pontivy in the Coupe de France.