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Buffon may keep playing after 2018 World Cup, reveals agent

07:28 GMT 04/02/2017
Despite having recently turned 39 and his contract at Juventus running out at the end of the season, the Italian shot stopper is not ready to stop yet

Veteran and iconic Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon could keep playing on after the 2018 World Cup, according to his agent.

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Buffon celebrated his 39th birthday last month and the Italy international - out of contract at the end of next season - has shown no signs of slowing down.

A seven-time Serie A winner in Turin, Buffon will be 40 when the World Cup takes place in Russia next year but Silvano Martina believes his client is still good enough to continue beyond that.

"He wants to reach 2018 and the tournament in Russia," Martina told Rai Sport.

"Considering his spirit, his current form and the love he has for this sport, it's very possible he could continue playing after the World Cup."

When Buffon does eventually call time on his career, AC Milan's teenage sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma is seen as the heir to his throne.

Donnarumma is Milan's undisputed No.1 at the age of 17 and has already earned two caps for Italy, but Martina doubts Juve will be able to lure him from San Siro.

"It's not easy to take players away from a big club like Milan," Martina added.

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"Everyone keeps saying he could leave, but Donnarumma's intentions count for a lot here and he seems to be showing great love for Milan.

"Anything could happen, I don't know, but quite frankly the impression I get is that Donnarumma will remain at Milan."