Gianluigi Buffon signals intent to play on until he is 46 with new Parma deal | Parma

Gianluigi Buffon has extended his contract with Parma until 2024, meaning the veteran goalkeeper will be 46 when the deal expires.

Buffon rejoined Parma last summer and announced the extension during a press conference with the club president, Kyle Krause. “For me and my family, this is a wonderful day. I hope that the city and all fans will be happy,” Buffon said.

The World Cup-winning Italian began his career with Parma, making his debut in November 1995 before joining Juventus in 2001. Buffon spent 19 years across two spells with Juventus, and one season with Paris Saint-Germain in 2018-19.

Buffon with defenders Enrico Delprato and Alessandro Circati
Buffon with defenders Enrico Delprato and Alessandro Circati – both of whom were not born when the keeper made his Parma debut in 1995. Photograph: Luca Amedeo Bizzarri/LiveMedia/Shutterstock

Buffon, who has won 10 Serie A titles and is the league’s record appearance maker with 657 games, pledged to “give his best, again and again” for Parma, who were relegated to Serie B last season. “My return was linked to the relationships and the deep bond I have always had with this city,” Buffon added.

“If I hadn’t believed in what the president has in mind and in what we are doing, I would not have accepted this proposal,” added Buffon, who is also the club captain. “I am optimistic for the future of this club. It is a beautiful and exciting challenge for me.”

Krause added: “[Gigi] is a great player and for us he is a great pride. In addition to his leadership skills, he is also a person with excellent human skills. We can see the passion he has for Parma every day, we are really happy for his commitment.”

Buffon had started every Serie B game this season for mid-table Parma before a muscle injury saw him miss three matches in February. He returned to the side for Saturday’s 4-0 home win over Spal.

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