The Veteran did not renew his contract with the Turin Side
Gianluigi Buffon bids farewell to Serie A champions Juventus on the last day of his contract. He is leaving the club after playing 17 seasons for them, winning nine Serie A titles.
The 40 year old joined the Turin side Parma in 2011 for €52 million becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in the history, the record which is still intact. He has been a mainstay between the sticks since then and even stayed with them when the club was relegated.
The Italy International was a regular for the Italian side, making 34 appearances in all competitions and helping them to win their 7th consecutive Serie A title and 4th consecutive domestic double.
But he didn’t renew his contract with them at the the end of the season and will leave as a free agent.
“Seventeen years in black and white end today,” Buffon posted on Twitter as quoted by Goal 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.
But the goalkeeper has no intention of retiring and is keen to continue his career at the highest level. But he is yet to reveal his future but has been heavily linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
The French side’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has hinted a deal for Buffon.
“Buffon is a fantastic goalkeeper. But Areola is our starter and he will be next season as well,” Al-Khelaifi told.
“You know me well – do you really think I’d tell you which players we are monitoring?
“Now we have Areola. He is our number one for the coming season.
“Buffon is a fantastic goalkeeper, charismatic, a great guy. I’m sure that any club would want him.”