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Buffon to leave Paris Saint-Germain

Publish on 06/06/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


PSG have announced that legendary Italy 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon will no longer be at the club next season, both parties having decided not to extend the one-year deal that took him across the Alps after long career spent exclusively in Italy.

Gianluigi Buffon, 41, signed a one-year deal with the French champions in the summer of 2018, looking to bring his vast wealth of experience to Thomas Tuchel's side and, notably, France 'keeper Alphonse Areola.

Although his lone season in France saw him add the Ligue 1 Conforama and Trophée des Champions titles to his stunning list of achievements, which includes of course the 2006 World Cup title, Buffon and Paris Saint-Germain opted not to continue his adventure in France after his contract comes to term on 30 June 2019.

'Paris, in some way, will always remain my home'

"Thank you all for everything I have had the opportunity to experience in Paris," Buffon told his club's official website. "Thank you for the emotions that we have shared together. Twelve months ago, I arrived at Paris Saint-Germain filled with enthusiasm, welcomed by the incredible warmth of the fans. It was really moving. Thank you, once again, from the bottom of my heart. I leave happy to have enjoyed this experience which has undoubtedly helped me to grow. Today my adventure outside Italy comes to an end.

"I would like to thank the chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the whole club and my teammates. I wish you all the best, convinced that together you will write the pages of a wonderful story. Ernest Hemingway wrote that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris. Today onwards, this will also apply to me: Paris, in some way, will always remain my home... Allez Paris! Thank you and good luck with everything!"