Buffon leaves Juve and will announce his destiny "next week"
The Italian goalkeeper, 40, has appeared at a press conference with President Andrea Agnelli
"Saturday will be my last game after 17 years with Juve, I have very interesting offers on and off the pitch," he says.
Gianluigi 'Gigi' Buffon, captain of Juventus Turin, has called a press conference on Thursday and announced that "this Saturday I will play my last game with Juve, my fantastic 17-year adventure with this team ends here and after a few days of reflection, next week, I will communicate my decision regarding my future. " The charismatic Italian goalkeeper, aged 40, has left a door open to its possible continuity and said that "although I had planned to announce my withdrawal a fortnight ago, now it is not so clear, since I have received very stimulating proposals , challenges both on and off the field, "he acknowledged.
In this sense 'Tuttosport' states that the goal would be assessing the possibility of playing a final season at the highest level with Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain , although the journalists present also have probed by the English Premier League: "It does not make any sense Speculate now, I'll say it in a few days, after the important game on Saturday in which I will bid farewell to the tifosi, " Buffon said .
Buffon made his Italian Serie A debut on 19 November 1995 , aged 17 years and 295 days, during a Parma-Milan match in which he emerged as a substitute and managed to keep the goal safe for Parma (0-0). Since that day 22 years and 180 days have elapsed , during which the Italian goal has played a total of 639 games, only surpassed by Paolo Maldini (647). With the selection of his country he conquered the World Cup in 2006.Bet on your favourite match with premium betshoot soccer tips.
According to the goalkeeper, who has appeared before the media accompanied by the president of Juventus Andrea Agnelli , the most interesting offer in the offices has been offered by Juventus itself. "If one day I am considered an element of trust because I can contribute something to the cause I will be proud, but it is not an obligation (continue in Juve)," he said. "With Andrea, we have talked about many things these months, we have to understand when it is time to leave it here, because it is a team that always reprograms the future"
On Giorgio Chiellini, who will relieve him as captain, has indicated that "I can not give him advice, we have been very close in the field and outside for the last thirteen years, Giorgio perfectly embodies the figure of the Juventus captain".
Buffon does not feel that his goodbye is going to mean an end of cycle in Juventus. "How could I think that?" The only essential thing of Juve is the Agnelli family, who has been guiding this club for 95 years, I have been an important part, but very small ... "said Buffon, who has achieved contain the tears.
He pointed out that on Saturday he will live his last game with Juve without great celebrations. "I will leave normally, these years the fans have given me their respect, esteem and affection, they have always made me feel like one of the Juve and that is my great victory, I do not need more. the center of the celebration, "he admitted.