Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed he will leave Juventus after 17 years, with Saturday’s Serie A fixture against Hellas Verona his last match for the club but not necessarily of his career.
“On Saturday, I will play a game and this is the only certainty,” he said. “With [president] Andrea [Agnelli], we are talking all the time and he knows all that is going on in my life, and in fact he’s an advisor I don’t want to go without.
“Up to two week ago, it was certain that I was going to quit playing, but now there are some offers that have arrived to continue playing, or offers from off the field — and Andrea has made me the best offer if I choose to stop playing.
“I think after Saturday, when I have some serenity, I will take my final decision, which will be to follow what comes from within me.
“Next week will be the week I decide what to do, but it’s a decision which will not change the way I feel. Two weeks ago, I had accepted that I was an ex-footballer, so whatever I do decide to do, I will be serene about it.
The main thing is I don’t blemish this half of a lifetime I’ve had at Juventus, and those who have believed in me.
“All that mattered for me was ending in the best way possible at Juve, and let’s not forget that Juve have an excellent goalkeeper who is 13 years younger than me.”
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