Saturday, 19 May 2007

Buffon may bid farewell

Juventus are back in Serie A, but Gianluigi Buffon hints he probably won’t be staying in Turin for that debut.

"I will tell you one thing – this party has to remain in my history and that of Juventus, because it is worth more than a Scudetto," said the goalkeeper.

For several months now he has been cagey about his future, noting that had the Calciopoli demotion not occurred he would have already moved on seeking ‘new adventures.’

With Milan and Inter lining up to take him on, the World Cup winner’s comments after the 5-1 victory at Arezzo had a feel of farewell about them.

"I dedicate this promotion to the people who convinced me to stay. As for the future, no, this is not the time to talk about it. We’ll discuss the matter in a few weeks."

Buffon’s contract runs until 2011, but it’s believed there was a verbal agreement between the club and goalkeeper freeing him if he helped them to climb out of Serie B.

He was the Bianconeri’s all-time biggest signing at £32m from Parma in 2001 and was runner-up in the Ballon d’Or this year behind former Juve teammate Fabio Cannavaro.

[Juve clinch promotion]

Source: C4 Football Italia

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