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Gianluigi Buffon set for contract extension at Juventus

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Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be offered a new contract at the club in the near-future, as he labels it as a 'formality', according to Sky Sports.

The 36-year-old, who has made over 500 appearances for the club, is entering the final new months of his current deal, with it set to expire in the summer. But, Buffon's future is in no doubt and it's believed a new deal will be penned sooner rather than later.

According to reports, the Italian will commit to a further two years at the club, keeping him on their books until 2017 at least, meaning he will be 38-years-old when that contract expires.

Buffon is still football's most expensive goalkeeper, after the club spent a staggering £38million back in 2001 when they signed him from Serie A rivals, Parma.

Juventus Career

Since arriving at Juve, Buffon has been a part of seven title wins and is confident that he will turn that into eight this season, with The Old Lady firm favourites to lift the league title for a fourth consecutive year.

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The World Cup winner has never considered leaving Juve and is ready to end his prestigious career there, and the eight-time Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, looks set to be offered a new deal in the near-future.

'Formality' Contract

Marotta recently gave an interview discussing Buffon's incredible achievement of making 500 appearances for the club, and he admitted that a new contract is a formality for their star-man.

"With regards to Buffon, we've always said that he is a professional, a serious person and he loves Juve," Marotta told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"He recently received a commemorative medal for making 500 appearances in the Bianconeri colours.

"This is a further testimony of a relationship that has consolidated over time.

"I believe that Buffon's renewal is simply a formality."

"I believe that Buffon's renewal is simply a formality"

Lichtsteiner Future

As well as Buffon, Marotta is hopeful he can commit 30-year-old defender Stephan Lichtsteiner to a new deal, despite the Swiss attracting interest from the Premier League.

When asked about the right-back, Marotta said: "With respect to Lichtsteiner, we are holding talks with his representatives," Marotta said.

"From our part, we want him to continue.

"Of course, we have to take into account the financial parameters which we have to respect.

"My hope is that we will also reach an agreement with him."

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