Buffon, Chiellini pledge future to Juventus with contract extensions


Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini will not be leaving their Serie A club anytime soon, as the veteran duo have inked contract extensions to keep them at the club for years to come.

The 36-year-old net minder will remain in Turin until 2017 according to his new deal, while Chiellini is inked until 2018.

Buffon has tallied over 400 caps for Juve since he came on to the team in 2001, following his six-year stint at Parma. He’s been named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year eight times and is the only goalie to have captured the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year accolade.

Appearing for international side Italy a total of 145 instances spanning from 1997 to present day, the 6-foot-3 keeper has also served his country well.

“I want to continue performing to a high level, so that I can be an asset and a point of reference,” Buffon said, per BBC Sport. “Praise from the club makes me proud of the choice I made 14 years ago.”

Meanwhile, Chiellini made the switch from Fiorentina to Juventus in 2005 as notable cog in the Zebras reascension to Serie A from Serie B, and has been an significant piece to the squad’s defensive outlook for the remaining years. Bloomberg Sports ranked him the seventh-best European soccer player in 2013.

“I’m excited and proud to be here today,” Chiellini said, via Football Italia. “Juventus are one big family, and the President [Andrea Agnelli] is a symbol. I’m happy, and I hope to make the fans and the club proud until the last day [of my contract].”