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Juventus hand extensions to veterans Buffon and Chiellini

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Veteran pair Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini have been handed one-year contract extensions by Juventus, the club confirmed.

Juventus have handed new one-year contracts to legendary pair Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon. The latter’s deal is set to take him past his 43rd birthday.

The veteran players, 35 and 42 respectively, have both played for the club for the majority of their careers, and have now been rewarded with an extra 12 months.

Defender Chiellini has played 509 times for Juve over the last 15 seasons, while goalkeeper Buffon has 669 appearances and is closing in on his 10th league triumph with the Italian giants. 

Buffon is also the Juventus player with the most Serie A appearances in history (479) and has equalled Paolo Maldini’s record of the most Serie A appearances (647).

In a statement on their website, Juve said of Buffon: “A legend. A player, who is simply, infinite.”

While the goalkeeper spent a year away from Juve at PSG last season, Chiellini will soon be entering his 16th straight season in the club’s black and white colours.

The statement: “Giorgio Chiellini and the Old Lady is a love that continues,’ before going on to note: ‘Chiellini’s attachment to the shirt, is determination and humanity, it is professionalism, passion and leadership.”

“It is a leadership that is testified by the captain’s armband he sports on his arm.”