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Buffon to decide future in a week amid PSG speculation

03:44 SAST 2018/05/22
The Italy goalkeeper legend, 40, said he needs a week to decide where he will play next season as the Ligue 1 champions circle

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon said he will decide his future within a week as the Italian great reportedly nears a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Buffon's illustrious 17-year Juve career came to an end on Saturday as the seven-time reigning Serie A champions closed out their season with an emotional 2-1 win over Verona.

However, the Italy legend declined to call it curtains on his illustrious career, saying he had offers from elsewhere that he was considering

The 40-year-old has since been linked to French champions PSG, who are believed to be in advanced talks to sign the soon-to-be free agent.

Asked about PSG's interest following Andrea Pirlo's testimonial on Monday, Buffon told Sky Sport Italia: "I need a week to be calm and analyse everything.

"These aren't simple choices. At 40, you can't make decisions in the heat of the moment."

Buffon enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Juventus, the Italy international helping the Bianconeri to nine Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia trophies and five Supercoppa Italiana victories.

The 2006 World Cup winner also reached three Champions League finals during his time in Turin, having arrived from Parma in 2001, though his last continental appearance with the Serie A champions saw him sent off in controversial fashion against Real Madrid.

However, he closed out his tenure with a seventh straight Serie A title, and the goalkeeper could not have drawn up a superior ending than the one he got in Turin. 

Buffon added: "I think of this passionate and deep love with the fans. I don’t think there was a better way for me to end my spell with Juve."