Buffon welcomes Szczesny challenge

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Gianluigi Buffon vowed not to become complacent and to keep fighting for his place in the Juventus starting XI, as the club prepares to sign Wojciech Szczesny.

The veteran keeper assured fans that he still has one year of being a 'protagonist' left in his career and welcomed the challenge of having a quality keeper compete for the spot he has held at the Turin club since 2001.

"This could be the last year and I would like to be a protagonist, as I have always dreamed of being," he told reporters. "A year in which we see the Buffon that pays attention to detail and is eager to make his mark.

"To do that, I have to be important. I will work for this next year.

"The team goals are a consequence of what you have given and taken throughout the year," he added.

It is not only at club level that the iconic stopper faces competition for his spot. 18-year old Gianluigi Donnarumma, arguably the most promising young gloveman on the international stage, recently received his fourth cap for the Azzurri, a strong indication that the Italy management team are already looking at life after Buffon.

"I've always been a rational person and I've always looked for the meaning of things. It's right that Juve want Szczesny and that there is a good player like Donnarumma at the national team," he said. 

"For me, it will be a great motivation twice because, although I am 39-40 years, I have to maintain my place. If I no longer want to play, I'll stay at home because Donnarumma and Szczesny are good goalkeepers by merit, not because someone gave them something."