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Buffon leaves Juve, but he may still play on elsewhere


Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for Juventus when they host Verona in Serie A on Saturday – but it may not mark the end of his career between the posts.

At a media conference ahead of the final league match of the season, with the title already sewn up, Buffon made his announcement.

“Saturday will be my last match with Juventus and I do believe it will be the most beautiful thing to end my adventure this way,” he said.

“What will I do next? For now I only know that I will play a game on Saturday. Until a few days ago it was certain that I would stop playing. Interesting proposals have now arrived.”

Sitting alongside him, club president Andrea Agnelli said: “Buffon has received many proposals, and he knows that he has my full support whatever choice he makes. I can only say thank you to him.”

Buffon confronts referee Michael Oliver

At the age of 23 Buffon joined Juve from Parma in July 2001. He has won nine Serie A titles, and a further two were stripped from the club due to the ‘Calciopoli’ scandal.

He was a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006 and led the public soul-searching when the Azzurri failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament in Russia.

Buffon continued: “If I feel as strong as I do at the age of 40, that is all thanks to Juventus and the mentality here.

“My own philosophy is built around that of the club and I shall continue to live my life in that way, as that’s the only way I know to achieve results.

“I’m proud to have played to the best of my ability right up until now, with performances which befit both myself and this club.

“I make this decision in a calm and happy state of mind, which is not to be taken for granted for a sportsperson.”

Agnelli said that Wojciech Szczesny, the former Arsenal keeper, will become Juve’s new number one.

Buffon also took the opportunity to apologise to English referee Michael Oliver following his behaviour during and after Juve’s recent Champions League quarter-final at Real Madrid.



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