The Malta Independent 20 June 2021, Sunday

Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus at the end of the season

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 14:33 Last update: about 2 months ago

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed he will leave the club after the season. ‘We have reached the end of a cycle’.

The 43-year-old returned to Turin in July 2019 after one year with Paris Saint-Germain, but his contract expires in June and the World Cup winner feels it’s time to part ways with the Old Lady.

“My future is clear and defined. This beautiful and very long experience with Juve will come to a definitive end this year,” Buffon revealed.

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“Either I stop playing, or if I find a situation that motivates me to play or have a different life experience, I will take it into consideration.

“I feel I gave everything for Juve. I have received everything and more than this cannot be done.

“We have reached the end of a cycle and it is right for one to remove the disturbance.”

Buffon kept three clean sheets in seven Serie A games this term and helped the Bianconeri to the Coppa Italia Final, which seems set to be his last match with the club on May 19.

Juventus fight for a place in the Champions League, as they sit fifth in Serie A, one point behind Napoli at fourth.

“We lacked continuity,” Buffon told beIN Sports. “In the end, in the games we played against the top five, six teams, we often won. We drew sometimes and lost some.

“But it has always been even games. Instead, we lost stupid points against the lesser teams. This means you are a team that have yet to grow in character.”

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