Gianluigi Buffon: 'Juventus cannot let Andrea Pirlo go'

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during the seria A football match Sampdoria against Juventus, on August 24, 2013
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Gianluigi Buffon urges Juventus to extend Andrea Pirlo's contract.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has insisted that the club cannot afford to let Andrea Pirlo leave when his contract expires in the summer.

Buffon said that the club cannot grow and begin to compete with the best in Europe by getting rid of their best players.

"[Letting] a player like Pirlo [go] is never up for discussion," Buffon told Sky Sport Italia.

"If we started to do that, then we may as well dismantle the stadium bit by bit, go home and stop playing football. I hope that we never deprive ourselves of such a strong player."

Buffon has been capped 136 times by Italy.

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