Gianluigi Buffon confirms Juventus exit, future plans unknown

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Interestingly, Andrea Agnelli is the Juve chairman, leading some to speculate that Buffon might even be being primed to take a coaching and/or managerial role at the Old Lady next season.

The 40-year-old will clarify his future plans at a press conference at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Thursday amid speculation he will hang up his gloves for good.

Buffon was also an integral member of the Italy squad that won the 2006 World Cup.

Premium Sport suggests that Liverpool are waiting to pounce if that proves to be the case, offering the former Parma shot stopper a chance to experience life outside of his homeland. "Saturday will be my final match for Juventus", he said.

The 2006 World Cup victor, close to tears at times, said that until two weeks ago he had been set to end his playing career, but changed his mind after receiving "very interesting" proposals. He could well make his worldwide retirement official after a friendly on June 4 against the Netherlands. "I think it's the best way to end this wonderful adventure".

'I can not thank the president for his kind words.

'I'm very emotional, but I arrive today with happiness and fulfilment.

'Because it is important for athletes like you and me, who have always played at the top, to be doing our best, struggling to be the best, to stay at the top.

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"The most exciting proposal for my career off the pitch has come from the President", Buffon went on to say.

"What am I going to do?"

'Until a few a days ago I was certain I would retire from football.

According to the Italian press Buffon has received offers from top European clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain.

"If I decide to continue my on-pitch career, it will boil down to whether I still have the necessary drive and strength", he continued. I don't want to end up playing in lower leagues. The day I can't, no problem.

"I don't need other shows of affection", Buffon added.

'After all, players like us, who have lived the game intensely, have to keep their minds occupied and have a reason to get up, something to fight for.

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