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Gianluigi Buffon confirms Juventus exit, future plans unknown

Gianluigi Buffon confirms Juventus exit, future plans unknown

According to British tabloid Metro, the German specialist in the near future will personally contact you with Buffon and offer him to extend his career for another season.

Buffon hoped to retire from football after the world Cup in Russian Federation, but Italy not sensationally qualified to the final stage of the world Cup.

"Saturday will be my last match at Juventus and finishing my adventure like that, with two titles, with the support of (Juventus chairman) Andrea (Agnelli) and all the Bianconero people, will be the most lovely", Buffon told reporters.

"Until about two weeks ago, I was certain I would stop playing".

I'll let these three days pass and then I will make a definitive decision, completely calmly. He has ruled out moving to another Italian club or dropping down the divisions. "I am a competitive animal and I wouldn't be able to live in that situation". But deep down I feel calm and at peace because I know I'm naturally curious.

Following Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup, though, combined with Juventus falling short in the Champions League - a competition the iconic keeper has still yet to win - he has been tipped to delay his retirement by a further year.

"Not to mention that in the Champions League, at the Bernabeu, he put in a fantastic performance".

I was sorry to have offended him because at the end of the day he is a human being who does a very hard job. "I wish him all the best".

Gianluigi Buffon celebrates with the 2006 World Cup
Gianluigi Buffon celebrates with the 2006 World Cup

"If I decide to continue my on-pitch career, it will boil down to whether I still have the necessary drive and strength", he continued. We're talking about the goalkeeper who was a protagonist in the seventh consecutive Scudetto won by Juventus, and the fourth Coppa Italia.

It was the ninth Serie A title he won with Juventus.

As well as his nine Serie A titles, Buffon also has a Serie B title from 2007 after staying with Juventus following their demotion due to the Calciopoli cheating scandal.

Juventus concludes the season on Saturday at home against Hellas Verona.

The captain's armband, which Buffon has worn since Alessandro Del Piero's departure in 2012, will be handed to another veteran, defender Giorgio Chiellini. He announced his retirement from the national team in November when Italy lost a World Cup playoff to Sweden but recently returned for friendlies.

With over 650 appearances for Juve and 176 caps for the Italian national team, his longevity has been nearly as remarkable as his consistency, Buffon's name in the conversation as one of the world's best goalkeepers for nearly two decades.

However, he insisted he has played his last match for his country and doesn't need a special swansong.

Despite previously having opportunities to test his skills in other areas of the world, Buffon turned them down and admits it is a slight regret when reflecting on his career. "Italy already has great, young goalkeepers and its right they should get their own experience".

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