Juventus duo Buffon, Barzagli extend contracts until 2018

BY foxsports • May 11, 2016

Juventus veteran pair Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli have extended their contracts with the club until June 2018.

Buffon, 38, who joined the club for a world transfer record for a goalkeeper of 53 million euros in 2001 from Parma, will play for Old Lady into his 40th year and has recently expressed his desire to finish his career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Barzagli's current contract was due to expire at the end of this season but the 52-capped center-back will now remain at the club for two more years and past his 37th birthday.

Since the Italian center-back's return to Serie A in 2011, the pair have won nine trophies and can add to that tally when they play against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final next weekend.

President Andrea Agnelli spoke of his admiration for the two long-serving players in a press conference at Vinovo.

He said: "Having Gianluigi Buffon as captain is a privilege - he is a man who makes a difference, on and off (the pitch). Andrea Barzagli is definitely one of the strongest defenders of his era."

Serie A clean sheet record-holder, Buffon, said: "I'm immensely proud in the faith Juventus have placed in me once more. I hope that my fantastic story with this club will go on and bring even further success."

The center-back said of his extra two years: "I am delighted to have secured my Juve future. We already have our eyes on winning our last two matches. Even at this age, I still have room to improve and this is the best place for me to do so."

Both players will be hoping that their good form for Bianconeri can continue into the summer as they look to add to their Scudetto and potential Coppa Italia with a European Championship title for the national team in France.


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