Gianluigi Buffon Set To Depart Juventus After 17 Years at The Club
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced he will play his final game for Juventus on Saturday after 17 years with the club.
Saturday’s Serie A home clash with Verona will, therefore, be his last for the Turin giants having helped them win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia this season.
“Saturday will be my last game for Juventus,” Buffon, who has won the Serie A title nine times, said. “I think it’s the best way to end this wonderful adventure.
“For now I only know that Saturday I will play a game. Until a few days ago it was certain that I would stop playing. Now there are some interesting proposals.
“In Wojciech Szczesny, Juventus have an excellent goalkeeper, who also has 13 years less than me. Giorgio Chiellini is the perfect example of how a Juve captain should be.
“He has always been a reference for me. I wish him all the best.”
Buffon, who joined Juventus from Parma in 2001, has ruled out joining another Italian club, saying he does not want to play in a “minor league” and could take a six-month sabbatical.
Juve president Agnelli has confirmed the keeper is considering offers from other clubs.
“Any choice he makes, he’ll have my full support. He has received many bids, both as player and off-pitch,” he said.
“He knows that he has my full support for the future. I wish for him to enjoy Saturday at Allianz Stadium. I’d just like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Gigi.”