Arsenal target 'new Buffon' staying humble


Highly rated young Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet is refusing to get carried away despite his newfound fame in Italy.

At the age of 17, there is already a lot of pressure on Simone Scuffet's shoulders as he is being touted as the heir to Gigi Buffon's throne as Italy's goalkeeping hero.

The talented shot-stopper has also reportedly caught the eye of Arsenal's scouts and the Gunners could table a summer bid to try and lure him while he is still affordable.

Scuffet has been highly rated for some time and has represented his country at Under-17 and Under-18 level but his excellent clean sheet against Inter has catapulted him into the spotlight.

The Italian press have been glowing in their praise of the unassuming custodian who was again in fine form as he helped Udinese beat Catania 1-0.

Scuffet made a series of smart stops to ensure the Sicilian strugglers didn't find a way through and veteran marksman Antonio Di Natale scored the only goal of the game.

However, Scuffet is keeping his feet on the ground and refused to take anything for granted in his post-match interview.

"Each time it's a surprise and I'm very happy with the praise, but the important thing is to stay cool and put in the best possible performances," Scuffet told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"From here on every game is important in the fight for survival. We have reached a good points tally but we have to keep working hard to save a season that could have gone better.

"The World Cup? That would be a dream for me."

Scuffet has kept six clean sheets since his debut in February - a record unrivalled by any young goalkeeper starting out in Serie A.

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