Serie A: Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini sign new contracts with Juventus
Last Updated: 20/11/14 1:17pm
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon and vice-captain Giorgio Chiellini have signed new deals with the Serie A champions.
Veteran goalkeeper Buffon has penned a fresh contract until 2017, while defender Chiellini has committed his future to the Turin club until 2018.
The pair on Thursday appeared alongside Juve president Andrea Agnelli at a press conference, where the news was announced.
"It's an important day for Juventus. We're here with the captain and vice-captain," Agnelli said. "Gianluigi Buffon has extended his Juve contract until 2017, Chiellini until 2018."
Both players stuck with the club despite their relegation to Serie B in 2006 amid the match-fixing scandal, and have since played a key part in the Bianconeri's resurgence.
"Their leadership is so important," Agnelli continued. "They stayed with Juve in Serie B and have helped us to return to the top."
Buffon has made 400 appearances since joining in 2001, winning seven Serie A titles along the way - including 2012, 2013 and 2014.
"As both parties wished to continue, it was the natural choice to extend my contract for another two years," the 36-year-old said.
It makes me proud to know that, in years to come, when people talk about Gigi and Giorgio, they'll think of Juventus.
"The fact that it will be my last contract was a factor, but I'm not worried about that. I feel energised. I'll need energy and courage to make my career last even longer."
The 2006 World Cup winner added: "I want to continue performing to a high level, so that I can be an asset and a point of reference for the club.
"I'm very happy to be sharing a day like this with Chiellini. He is a great example for young people."
Chiellini was equally thrilled to have penned a new deal, and to be sharing the stage with his Italy team-mate.
"It makes me proud to know that, in years to come, when people talk about Gigi and Giorgio, they'll think of Juventus," said the 30-year-old, who joined Juve in 2005 from Fiorentina.
"I'm excited to be here. It makes me think back to all the people who've helped me grow and become a man in Turin."