Pierluigi Gollini says he turned down potential Juventus move to join Aston Villa

Pierluigi Gollini - Hellas Verona

The Italian goalkeeper claims he was being targeted as the potential successor to Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus' Simone Zaza scores the team's third goal past Hellas Verona's goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini

Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has told the Birmingham Mail that he turned down the opportunity to potentially join Juventus and establish himself as the natural successor to Gianluigi Buffon in order to make the move to Villa Park.

After an impressive personal season with relegated Serie A side Hellas Verona, Gollini joined Villa on a four-year contract for a fee of around £4 million last week.

 

At Villa he is likely to compete with Brad Guzan and Mark Bunn for the number one spot as the 21-year-old begins life in English football.

Pierluigi Gollini - Hellas Verona

However, it could all have been very different for Gollini. The stopper claims that he was one of the leading candidates to come in to challenge veteran Buffon at Juventus, but says he turned down that opportunity as Villa's interest was "more solid".

Gollini told the Birmingham Mail: "It’s true Juve wanted me, but Villa’s interest was much more solid. They were very determined to take me. For me this was a very important thing. When someone really wants you and they think you have great potential, it means they believe in you and this is important.

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"With Juventus they have a lot of things going on. If I wanted to see what was going to happen with them I would have had to wait until the very end of the transfer market.

"The interest from Villa was much more solid and I wanted this opportunity. I also think Buffon will play for another two years."

Gollini is one of three new signings to be brought in by new Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo so far this summer, with Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick and Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola also arriving.

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