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Gianluigi Buffon has Premier League regrets

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Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has admitted he regrets never playing in the Premier League during his career.

Throughout his illustrious career, Buffon has never strayed away from his homeland, with just two spells at Parma and then at Juventus.

Buffon's Career

The 37-year-old started his impressive career with Parma, working his way through their youth set-up before finally breaking into the first-team back in 1995, 20 years ago.

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After spending six years in the first-team there, and making 169 league appearances, Buffon took the next step in his career and completed a transfer to Juve, where he's remained ever since.

14 years at The Old Lady and over 400 appearances with the club makes him truly one of the club's greatest legends.

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Back in 2001, Juventus splashed out £32.6million to sign the 'keeper, making him one of the most expensive goalkeepers ever and he's now recognised as one of the greatest to ever play the game and fulfill the position between the sticks.

However, Buffon still has regrets in his career.

Major Honours

Despite winning six Serie A titles, one UEFA cup, two Coppa Italia's, six Supercoppa Italian's and a World Cup with Italy, Buffon still has one major regret in his career.

Never playing in the Premier League.

Speaking in a recent interview with Marca, Buffon admitted that it still haunts him that he didn't choose to move to England at some point in his career.

The veteran is expected to retire after this season once his contract expires with Juve, and he admits that not having a Premier League appearances is a major regret of his.

Buffon Regrets

“I would’ve liked to play in the Premier League, to experience the environment and the atmosphere there is around English football.”

“My secret is to have grown up and developed in conjunction with the evolution of the sport," he continued.

“I’ve matured, not only in my behaviour, but what keeps me at the top level is the fact that I love the competition and this is an essential aspect of my work.

“When I was young I was a midfielder and in today’s game a good goalkeeper must not only know how to use their hands but also their feet, so they can begin an action or play the ball to the defence.”

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