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Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus this summer

Buffon to leave Juventus this summer
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Gianluigi Buffon reveals that he is leaving Juventus at the end of the season, but is yet to announce his retirement.

Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he will leave Juventus at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Saturday's Serie A clash with Verona will prove to be Buffon's final match for the Italian giants, although the 40-year-old has not confirmed whether he will be retiring from professional football.

"Saturday will be my last match with Juventus and I believe it will be the best way to conclude this adventure," Buffon told reporters.

"My fear was to get to the end as a player with a broken engine but it's not like this. I'm proud that up to 40 years of age I've tried to express top performances up to expectations and Juventus's name.

"On Saturday I will play a match and this is the only thing that is certain. Then I will have a continuous dialogue with the president and he is aware of what's going on around me. I would like to rely on his advice support and suggestions.

"Fifteen days ago it was known I wanted to stop playing football but now some proposals on and off the pitch have arrived and one of them, off the pitch, came from Andrea (Agnelli, Juventus's President). I will decide next week to follow my spirit."

Buffon captained Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth successive Coppa Italia this term, and will make his 640th and final Serie A appearance this weekend.

The 176-time Italy international has only ever represented two clubs during a glittering career - spending six years in the Parma first team before transferring to Juventus.

Liverpool are believed to be considering a move for Buffon, who was controversially sent off in the latter stages of Juventus's Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid last month.


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