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Gianluigi Buffon is expected to remain at Juventus for the rest of his playing days, reports BT Sport.

The Italy and Juventus number one, 35, received a standing ovation for Italian supporters for his heroics in the 2-1 over the Czech Republic last night. 

It was a landmark occasion for Buffon, who equalled Italy's appearance record, previously set by former team-mate Fabio Cannavaro. 

Both players are now tied on 136 caps, but with the latter having retired some years ago, it looks inevitable that Buffon will surpass the record and play his way even further into the history books.

Buffon has been instrumental throughout Italy's World Cup Qualifying campaign, conceding just 5 goals in 8 games. This fantastic defensive record helped them on their way to securing qualification with the win last night. 

Juventus club administrator Giuseppe Marotta told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Buffon is a true champion. 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 there are the basis for him to remain at Juve for a long time."

Buffon has recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at Juventus until at least 2015, and the former Parma man has no plans to retire any time soon. 

The 2006 World Cup winner recently told Italian press that he would like to carry on until at least the European Championships in 2016.


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