Buffon close to signing four-year deal at Juventus

The 34-year-old is nearing an agreement that will prolong his 11-year association with the club and end speculation of a move to Ligue 2 outfit Monaco
By Romeo Agresti

Gianluigi Buffon is close to signing a contract extension which will see him remain with Juventus until 2016.

The goalkeeper remains the world’s most expensive shot-stopper following his 40.5 million move from Parma in the summer of 2001.

Negotiations neared a conclusion last week when club president Andrea Agnelli offered Buffon a 4.5m a year deal.

The Bianconeri faithful will be delighted with the news that one of the club’s star players has been tied down to a new contract; following speculation that Claudio Ranieri's Monaco were interested in making a move for the player.

Contact had been made between Giorgio Pellizzaro (Ranieri’s goalkeeping coach) and Buffon, in which he tried to tempt the Juventus number one with a move to the Stade Louis II.

But it is now understood that he will snub that interest and pen a new deal at Juventus Stadium, which will ensure he ends his career at the club.