Top stars won't be tempted by Man City - Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Manchester City will still struggle to attract the world's top players this summer, despite their wealth.

The Eastlands club lured Robinho from Real Madrid in September 2008 and City's wealthy owners set their sights on a host of other big-name signings.

However, the club failed in a bid to sign Ronaldinho earlier that summer before Kaká chose to move to Real Madrid rather than City last year, meaning Carlos Tévez and Emmanuel Adebayor are their biggest signings so far.

"It doesn't surprise me that a lot of big players have turned down Manchester City," Buffon told The Daily Express.

"The best players in the world want to be playing for the top teams in the top three leagues, no more than five or six teams in Europe.

"It's a very elite list and Manchester City have to accept the fact they are not one of them."

City have been repeatedly linked with Buffon over the last year and apparently made an approach for him in January last year.

The Italy international added: "I read that City were interested in me last summer. I don't know if anything was tabled, but there is no way I could have considered it.

"I couldn't justify leaving one of Europe's most famous clubs for a team that are not playing football at the highest level."

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