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Buffon pens new Juve deal

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has committed to a 13th and 14th season with the Serie A champions after signing a contract extension.

Buffon’s deal was set to expire at the end of the season but the 34-year-old Italy international will now be contracted to Juve until the end of the 2014/15 season after re-signing on Wednesday.

Having already played 415 senior games for the Turin giants, Buffon’s new contract will see him move into the top 10 for appearances in the club’s history.

Buffon is just 18 behind the number 10 on that list, Antonello Cuccureddu, and could potentially move as high as fourth, with that position occupied by Roberto Bettega (481 matches).

The veteran goalkeeper admitted he struggled to imagine playing at another club having spent so much time with Juventus, who he joined from Parma in 2001, while he also wants to win the Champions League wearing black and white, something he has yet to achieve.

“Juventus get under your skin and it’s difficult to see yourself with another shirt when you are wearing the Juve one,” Buffon said.

“Being the Juventus captain is a great responsibility and a huge honour for me considering the history of this club.

“I want to win trophies that I’m still missing during these two years, starting with the Champions League.”

Wed 23 Jan, 2013
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