Andrea Pirlo believes Gianluigi Buffon is the best goalkeeper of all-time, but thinks the Juventus icon is now too old to move to another club. New York City midfielder Pirlo hailed Buffon after the shot-stopper reached 1000 professional appearances by playing for Italy against Albania on Friday. Asked for his view on the best keeper in history, Pirlo told Corriere dello Sport: "For me, it is Buffon.
Marco Verratti has revealed he is happy with life at Paris Saint-Germain amid reports linking him with a move to Juventus, but did not rule out a return to Italy later in his career. PSG midfielder Verratti has been linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes after becoming a key cog in their midfield since his arrival from Pescara in 2012. "My team-mates have always been close to me, I feel at home there and will always be fond of the Paris Saint-Germain fans," Verratti told Rai Sports.
Sami Khedira may have missed Germany's friendly with England but he insists he feels "fitter than ever" as he prepares to lead the world champions against Azerbaijan. The Juventus midfielder withdrew from Wednesday's clash against the Three Lions in Dortmund as a precaution, and watched on as Lukas Podolski scored the only goal of the game to mark his final international appearance. Germany face Azerbaijan in Baku on Sunday in Group C of World Cup qualifying hoping to maintain their 100 per cent record with a fifth successive win.