Juventus extend contracts with Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini

    Juventus legends Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini have extended their contracts with the perennial Italian champions for another year, the club’s press release says

    Even though both Buffon and Chiellini have entered the autumn of their professional careers, Juventus have rewarded the club stalwarts with new deals that will tie them down to the Allianz Arena for another season.

    The Italian stars have been always-present figures for the Serie A giants for more than a decade now, helping to shape one of the most successful eras in Turin.

    Even though both of them have been on the fringes of Maurizio Sarri’s side this campaign, the Bianconeri have opted to keep their veterans for another season.

    “There are players who need no introduction,” Juventus said on a statement published on their website, as relayed by Goal.com. “Champions whose story speaks for itself, and whose connection with the shirt they wear is indissoluble.

    “Examples on the pitch and in the locker room, leaders, driving forces, bearers of the Bianconeri DNA, who wear it as a second skin.

    “Gianluigi Buffon. Giorgio Chiellini. Captains, legends. Bianconeri since the beginning. Bianconeri forever. And to confirm it, in case there is a need, today their contract renewals have become official, for another: 2021!”

    Buffon, who returned to Juventus after one year at Paris Saint-Germain, has registered 696 games for the Serie A outfit but has been limited to playing second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny this term.

    Indeed, the 42-year-old goalkeeper has managed only seven Serie A starts this term, with his last league appearance dating back to December 18.

    Meanwhile, the captain, Chiellini, has featured just three times for Juventus this season, mainly due to a cruciate ligament rupture that kept him of action from the Matchday 1 through until February.

    The 35-year-old defender, who has been a cornerstone of his team’s defense since arriving from Roma in 2005, has accrued over 500 outings but has yet to take the field in the post-pandemic period.

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