Legendary Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to sign a new deal with Serie A giants Juventus.
La Stampa reports that the deal will be signed at the end of the season after the 43-year-old adapted well to his back-up role since joining the club from Paris Saint Germain.
The keeper collected his 680th appearance with the club in Tuesday’s scoreless draw with Inter Milan as his club matched to the Italian Super Coppa final.
Gazzetta dello Sport added that Buffon and president Andrea Agnelli have a rock-solid relationship and that no negotiation will be needed to extend his contract and it will only depend on the will of the player.
In his 27th season, Buffon reached the milestone of 1100 official matches last week and is currently the second oldest goalkeeper to ever start a game, but, should he continue, he will be able to beat Marco Ballotta, who set the record at 44 years, one month and eight days in his last game with Lazio versus Genoa.
🥈 : Gianluigi Buffon 🇮🇹— ZZA (@kdb_fanboy) February 9, 2021
Matches : 431 (332 for JUV, 25 for PSG and 74 for ITA)
Age : 32-42
I think Buffon is the only GK to be top 2 in 2 decades 👏. Until 2018, his spot had no doubt but his slump at PSG and lack of gametime on his return to Juve nearly made me drop him to 3rd pic.twitter.com/NltToSbfZd