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Buffon rolling back the years in PSG

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Legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes he is “better than five, six or seven years ago”.

Buffon swapped Serie A champions Juventus for Ligue 1 defending champions PSG at the age of 40 in the off-season.

The veteran shot-stopper helped Juve to seven successive league titles and nine in total during his time in Turin, where he also claimed 10 other trophies.

Despite getting to his twilight, Buffon feels he has improved and surpassed his past performances.

In an interview with France Football, Buffon said: “If you asked me ‘At age 35, do you feel differently than today?’ I would say, ‘I think I am better’.

“Then you would say, ‘Impossible’. Me too. Sometimes, when I come home, that’s what I say to myself: ‘It’s not possible’. And yet, deep within me, I feel better than five, six or seven years ago. I cannot say why. Maybe because I changed my approach.

“After, at my age, everything is a matter of envy and motivation.”

“With Alphonse and Kevin [Trapp], we have a very good relationship and for me, even before being partners, they are like brothers,” Buffon said.

“Their attitude in the daily work is exemplary and in a team, it is important to have a lot of respect and esteem for each other. This is already a good starting point.

“Now, football has changed a lot. A team like Paris Saint-Germain play about 60 matches and I hope that they will play some more than last season. It seems unthinkable to me to have only one holder at the post and therefore logical to have three keepers.”