Buffon confirms he will leave Juventus after 17 years


Instead, while the 40-year-old Buffon says the Serie A match against Hellas Verona on Saturday will be his last for Juventus, he has received "exciting" offers which have changed his mind about hanging up his gloves.

Veteran Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed that he will leave Juventus this summer after spending incredible 17 years with The Old Lady.

The 2006 World Cup victor, close to tears at times, said that until two weeks ago he had been set to end his playing career, but changed his mind after receiving "very interesting" proposals. "I am a competitive animal and I wouldn't be able to live or feel at ease in that situation", he said. "Off the pitch the most interesting was made to me by (Juventus) president (Andrea) Agnelli".

"I'm convinced that Juventus needs to plan for the future and, as someone who has spent many years as a player and several as club captain, I am the first to understand that".

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Offer Klopp might be interested in Buffon, as he will have another chance to win the Champions League, which he never surrendered.

'Because it is important for athletes like you and me, who have always played at the top, to be doing our best, struggling to be the best, to stay at the top.

Some sections of the Italian press are reporting that Liverpool are "mulling over" a deal for the 2006 World Cup victor.

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.

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Buffon said he would like to take more time to reflect on his future which could be either on or off the pitch.

"I can't give Giorgio advice". The day I can't, no problem.

"For now, I only know that Saturday I will play a game".

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

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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.