Buffon is a true champion, says Marotta

The Juventus director praises the veteran goalkeeper's professionalism and says that he would like to see the Italy international retire with the Serie A giants
Juventus director Beppe Marotta has lauded Gianluigi Buffon as a true champion and voiced his hope that the goalkeeper will retire at the club.

The Bianconeri No.1 has spent the last 12 years in Turin, winning four Serie A titles with the club and becoming captain in 2012.

Marotta has hailed the 35-year-old as an excellent professional and would like to see the former Parma man continue to represent the club for years to come.

"Buffon is a true champion," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He is a superlative professional.

"My hope and wish is that he can defend Italy and Juve's goal for many years to come.

"I believe and I hope that he will finish his career with Juve and this is the basis for him to remain at Juve for a long time."