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Buffon bids final farewell to Juventus as contract expires

SoccerNews in Serie A 30 Jun 2018

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Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon bid a final farewell to Juventus on the last day of his contract.

The 40-year-old did not renew his deal in Turin and will leave Juve after 17 seasons, nine Serie A titles and four successive domestic doubles.

Buffon has made 176 appearances for Italy and is reportedly set for a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the iconic World Cup-winning keeper’s attentions were solely on Juve as he brought a lengthy and decorated chapter in his illustrious career to a close.

“Seventeen years in black and white end today,” Buffon posted on Twitter on Saturday.

“Seventeen years of friends, team-mates, tears, victories, trophies, words, anger, disappointments, happiness and many, many emotions.

“I will never forget anything. I will always carry everything with me.”

Juve have signed Mattia Perin to compete with Wojcech Szczesny to start between the posts for Massimiliano Allegri’s team in 2018-19.

Buffon turned down a call-up for Italy’s friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and Netherlands in June, but he and Roberto Mancini remain open to working together on the international stage in the future.

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