Buffon a true champion, says Marotta

The Juventus director has praised the veteran keeper's professionalism and says he would like to see him retire with the Turin 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 skipper has spent the last 12 years in Turin, winning four Serie A titles with the club and becoming captain in 2012.

Marotta believes the 35-year-old is 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."