Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli extend Juventus contracts
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/05/16 5:30pm
Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli have extended their contracts with Juventus until June 2018.
Buffon, 38, who joined the club for a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper of €53m (£41.9m) in 2001 from Parma, will play for the club into his 40th year and recently expressed his desire to finish his career after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Barzagli's current contract was due to expire at the end of this season but the Italy international defender will now remain at the club for two more seasons, past his 37th birthday.
Since Barzagli's return to Serie A in 2011, the pair have won nine trophies and can add to that tally when they play against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final next weekend.
President Andrea Agnelli spoke of his admiration for the two long-serving players in a press conference at Vinovo.
"Having Gianluigi Buffon as captain is a privilege - he is a man who makes a difference, on and off (the pitch)," he said. "Andrea Barzagli is definitely one of the strongest defenders of his era."
I'm immensely proud in the faith Juventus have placed in me once more.
Serie A clean sheet record-holder, Buffon, said: "I'm immensely proud in the faith Juventus have placed in me once more. I hope that my fantastic story with this club will go on and bring even further success."
Speaking about his addition two years in Turin, Barzagli added: "I am delighted to have secured my Juve future.
"We already have our eyes on winning our last two matches. Even at this age, I still have room to improve and this is the best place for me to do so."