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Italian great Gianluigi Buffon set to announce retirement

Italian great Gianluigi Buffon set to announce retirement

However, Buffon only briefly discussed Szczesny, who was brought in last summer as the 40-year-old's Bianconeri successor between the sticks.

Italy's talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, considered by many to be the greatest-ever in his position, will play his last match for Juventus after 17 years at the club when they host Verona in Serie A on Saturday.

The 2006 World Cup victor, close to tears at times, said that until two weeks ago he had been set to end his playing career, but changed his mind after receiving "very interesting" proposals.

Liverpool chiefs are reportedly mulling over a swoop for Gianluigi Buffon if the Juventus goalkeeper opts to prolong his playing career.

Offer Klopp might be interested in Buffon, as he will have another chance to win the Champions League, which he never surrendered.

Some sections of the Italian press are reporting that Liverpool are "mulling over" a deal for the 2006 World Cup victor.

He recently returned for friendlies and was expected to bid the national team goodbye for good in another friendly on June 4 against the Netherlands at Allianz Stadium after 176 appearances for Italy.

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When it was his turn to speak, the iconic star thanked the President before praising both the ability of Szczęsny and endorsing Chiellini as his successor in the role of Captain. "I think it's the best way to end this wonderful adventure", said Buffon, who has kept 300 clean sheets in his 655 appearances for the Turin side in all competitions.

'As a figure in sports, I didn't and still don't want to leave Italy as long as I don't have to'.

Until about two weeks ago, I was certain I would stop playing.

"I make this decision in a calm and happy state of mind, which is not to be taken for granted for a sportsperson".

"If I decide to continue my on-pitch career, it will boil down to whether I still have the necessary drive and strength", he continued.

"I don't need other shows of affection", Buffon added. I don't want to end up playing in lower leagues.

"For now, I only know that Saturday I will play a game".