Buffon: I do not want a long Juventus contract

The Bianconeri goalkeeper believes he has just a few years left at the top level, and stressed how much energy is being drained from the players by their European clashes
Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he wants to renew his Juventus contract but does not want it to be a long extension.

The Italy international has been at the Turin-based club since 2001, when he joined from Parma, and he was key to their Serie A success last season.

Buffon believes that he has a few years left at the Juventus Stadium, at the very least, but wants to avoid becoming just an average shot-stopper by resting on his laurels.

"I’m convinced I can remain at a high level for another two or three years and I’d be better suited on a short contract, but I'll talk with them," the 34-year-old told Mediaset Premium.

"I’ve had a huge career and do not want to lie down on a long deal, I want to feel more on my toes, otherwise I’d become just a ‘normal’ goalkeeper."

Juve beat Palermo 1-0 on Sunday and Buffon has revealed that part of the reason behind their lack of a resounding victory could be the effort being put into their Champions League progress, having topped their group with a 1-0 away win against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.

"The European commitment there is taking a lot of energy, especially mentally," the Italian admitted.

"It’s not easy to make a commitment during the week and then [on] the Sunday have the same stimulation to perform."