Gianluigi Buffon will leave Juventus this summer after 17 years with the Old Lady of Turin.
The Italian World Cup winner has made over 650 appearances for the Bianconeri, winning 11 Serie A titles and 4 Coppas Italia.
“Saturday will be my last match with Juventus and I believe it will be the best way to conclude this adventure,” said Buffon, quoted by BBC Sport.
After making more than 650 appearances for Juventus, Gianluigi #Buffon has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season: “But I’ve received some bid from other clubs and I’ll decide soon about my future”. 樂
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Buffon did not say that he would be retiring from football, although he did rule out a return to international football. He mentioned that he had several offers on the table, including one to take a coaching role at Juventus.
“On Saturday I will play a match and this is the only thing that is certain,” he said. “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.
“15 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’ President].
“I will decide next week to follow my spirit.”
Buffon also apologised for the incident involving English referee Michael Oliver. Oliver sent Buffon off for his aggressive protests after Real Madrid were awarded a last minute penalty in April’s Champions League quarter final, and Buffon took exception to the decision with his post-match comments.
“It’s fair if I’ll be sanctioned for what happened after Real Madrid-Juventus,” said Buffon. “Obviously I went over the edge. If I would have met the ref two days later, I would have apologised and hugged him. I still didn’t know why I got the red card though.”
Buffon has been linked with a surprise move to Liverpool and the fact that he did not mention retirement will only lend support to those rumours.