Juventus have officially confirmed new contracts for Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon. As expected, the veteran pair have been handed new deals until 2018, which will certainly keep them in Turin for the rest of their careers. This was confirmed by Juventus President Andrea Agnelli in a Press conference at Vinovo.
Barzagli’s deal was due to expire at the end of the current season, but the defender has been given a two-year extension which will see him play until the age of 37.
As for Buffon, the Bianconeri and Italy captain has already announced his plans to retire after the 2018 World Cup, so he has been given a one-year extension to take him to the end of the 2017-18 season.
Boffon joined the Serie A champions in 2001 for a world record one billion lire and has since become a legend in Turin, turning out for them nearly 600 times and winning seven Scudetti. He has also made 152 appearances for Italy and lifted the World Cup in 2006. Despite turning 38 in January, the ex-Parma man remains one of the world’s premier players in his position, and Juve’s decision to offer him a fresh deal confirms that. He said:
“I’m proud of this further act of trust that the club and the world of Juve have placed in me. I think everyone knows my history with Juventus, I hope it will end in the best way and with more successes.
“The last time I was here to celebrate a renewal it was with the President [Andrea Agnelli] and [Giorgio] Chiellini, today I’m with the President and Barzagli. I’m very proud of that, to share something so important with my teammate, because in the end I think there’s a bond that unites us both on the pitch and off.”
President Andrea Agnelli said:
“Having Buffon in our squad is a true privilege. He is so important for us on and off the field.
I consider Barzagli to be one of the best signings we have ever made. He is a magnificent defender.”