Buffon thanks Rakitic for offer but…

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon expressed gratitude to Ivan Rakitic for offering his World Cup Place ‘but maybe it’s not a great idea’!

Rakitic had joked to reporters on Tuesday: “I want Buffon to go (to the World Cup) instead of me!

“What he has achieved in football is incredible and is unique, there’s not much more to say.

“He is always in every strongest line-up and football without him will not be the same, it is a great shame.

“It’s difficult to explain what it’s like to stand next to him at the end of the game but I would love for him to have the opportunity of playing in another World Cup.

“At the end of the Sweden game, you wanted to cry with him.”

Buffon responded via Twitter ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League game between Juventus and Barcelona.

“As a goalkeeper I might still play, but playing for Croatia as a midfielder in your place might not be a great idea: I am saying it for your good sake!

“Joking apart, your words have been a great gift. Thanks to you and Jordi Alba: my jersey is waiting for you.”

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