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Juventus expect 'champion' Buffon to stay

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Joint-holder of Italy's appearance record, Gianluigi Buffon, will remain at Juventus for the rest of his career, according to the Turin-based club.

Buffon equalled Fabio Cannavaro's 136-cap record last night when he captained the national side to a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic as the Azzuri secured a place at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Juventus club administrator Giuseppe Marotta has hailed his goalkeeper's achievement and called upon the 35-year-old to remain at the club for many years.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "He is a superlative professional, he deserves this recognition.

"My hope and wish is that he can defend Italy and Juve's goal for many years to come.

"I believe and I hope that he will finish his career with Juve and this is the basis for him to remain at Juve for a long time."

Buffon has been with the Italian champions since 2001, when he made a £32.6m transfer from Parma, a world record for a goalkeeper.

The shot-stopper has gone on to make over 400 appearances for Juventus and firmly establishing himself as one of the world's best 'keepers for many years by putting in a number of phenomenal performances for both club and country.

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