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Palermo keeper Salvatore Sirigu proud of season

Palermo goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has no regrets after missing the final World Cup squad with Italy.

He was one of five players cut from the 28 training with Italy ahead of the tournament in South Africa.

"It has been a very positive experience. I had the opportunity to train alongside great champions and understood the sacrifices made by those who play at this level," said Sirigu.

"All this arrived at the end of a very special season that I will always remember. I played my first Serie A campaign and hope to repeat that performance."

There have been reports that Palermo could sell Sirigu if a top club takes an interest and some suggested he could replace Gianluigi Buffon at Juventus.

"Training with Buffon was so exciting. He is a wonderful person who works every day with the same determination and desire to improve, despite the fact he's the best goalkeeper in the world.

"It's a shame my Palermo teammate Mattia Cassani won't go to the World Cup either, but he has been playing very well for some time and I'm convinced he will remain in Italy's plans.

"As for myself, I am relaxed and aware anything in my future with the Azzurri will depend on my performances for Palermo.

"It will be stimulating to play against some of the top clubs in the Europa League next season. We want to do well in what we consider to be an important competition."

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