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Buffon confirms he will leave Juventus after 17 years

Buffon confirms he will leave Juventus after 17 years

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced on Thursday that he will leave the Turin giants after 17 years but did not as expected declare the end of his playing career.

Buffon stressed that he has no intention of playing for another team in Italy and there is the possibility of him moving upstairs in a different role at Juventus.

However, Buffon only briefly discussed Szczesny, who was brought in last summer as the 40-year-old's Bianconeri successor between the sticks.

Premium Sport suggests that Liverpool are waiting to pounce if that proves to be the case, offering the former Parma shot stopper a chance to experience life outside of his homeland.

The Italy goalkeeper is set to make his final appearance for the club on Saturday as his side will face off with Hellas Verona.

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. In a couple of months, I'll meet with the president and we'll evaluate the situation calmly.

It was a rollercoaster season for Buffon with Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in six decades.

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"I get to this point with plenty of emotions, but also with a great feeling of joy", he said. "I wish him all the best".

Yet what he didn't say was that he would actually retire, going on to reveal he has a number of offers to move away from Juve which appears to confirm recent rumours of interest from Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

"Next week, after a few days of calm reflection, I will make a definite and certain decision".

"If I decide to continue it will be to fight for big things, because that's what I live for".

"I can't give Giorgio advice". "It's something that I'd need to think long and hard about".

"For now, I only know that Saturday I will play a game. I've seen plenty of them down the years, so all that I ask for is your respect and affection towards me on the day".


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