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Buffon, Chiellini extend contracts at Juventus

20 November 2014, 19:33

Milan - Juventus veterans Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are expected to finish their careers in Turin after signing contract extensions on Thursday.

With 14 seasons at Juventus already under his belt, club captain and goalkeeper Buffon has extended his contract by two years until 2017, while central defender Chiellini's new deal will see him tied to the club until June 2018.

"This is a very special day for the club," Juventus president Andrea Agnelli told media.

"Our captain and vice-captain have announced their contract renewals. The first (Buffon) is in his 14th season with us and will stay until 2017, and the second (Chiellini) until 2018."

Juventus, who have won 30 Italian league titles, including the past three, lead Italy's top flight with a three-point advantage over AS Roma.

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Buffon, a record eight-time winner of Serie A's goalkeeper of the year award, has won seven 'scudetti' with Juventus as well as the Serie B title in 2007 after the Bianconeri were stripped of their titles from 2005 and 2006 and demoted to the second tier for their role in a match-fixing affair.

At 36, Buffon hinted he could finish his career with the club but maintained he still has plenty to offer.

"As both parties wished to continue, it was the natural choice to extend my contract for another two years," said Buffon.

"The fact it could very well be my last contract was a factor, but I'm not worried about that: I feel energised. I want to continue performing at a high level, so that I can be an asset and a point of reference for the club."

The 30-year-old Chiellini, who has gleaned four league titles with Juve since arriving in Turin from Fiorentina a decade ago, said: "I've become a man at this club and in this city. Leaving Tuscany and being far away from my family was traumatic to begin with, but everyone here made me feel increasingly at ease.

"It makes me proud to know that, in years to come, when people talk about Gigi and Giorgio, they'll think of Juventus."

Agnelli, meanwhile, underlined the club's goal to rejoin the elite of European football.

"Juventus aim to win every competition, it's in our DNA. We know we're not the only ones with this desire, but we're taking important steps to make the Champions League a realistic objective," added the club president.

"It's worth bearing in mind that Real Madrid had been gunning for their tenth title since 2004 and only managed to win it last year. This shows how tough it is.

"Having said that, I also believe that this team has the potential to be among Europe's top eight."


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