Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed he is leaving Juventus at the age of 40. The iconic goalkeeper will leave Turin this summer but he has not ruled out continuing his playing career elsewhere after a series of offers.
It was expected that he would also announce that he is retiring from the game despite some reports linking him with Boca Juniors. But Buffon has revealed he has a series of offers that he is now weighing up, suggesting he may look to continue his playing career elsewhere.
“Over the next three days, full of emotion, I will, after two or three days of reflection, make a definitive decision,” he said. “I’ll try to follow whatever calls to my soul and my nature.
“On Saturday I will play a game and that is the only certainty I have. I’m having continual discussion with [Juventus president] Andrea Agnelli, who knows what is happening around me and is a counsellor I don’t want to lose.” He did, however, exclude for playing for another Italian club, even resurgent Parma, who may play top-flight football next term after bankrupcy in 2015.
“A return to Parma is a romantic childhood dream, but nothing more than that,” he said. Juve president Agnelli has confirmed the keeper is considering offers from other clubs. “Any choice he makes, he’ll have my full support. He has received many bids, both as player and off-pitch
That loss to the Swedes caused the keeper additional strain. “It was truly tiring and stressful this year,” he admitted. “Usually, seasons are most stressful from March onwards, but many of us in November had to carry the enormous failure of not going to the World Cup.” He said