Gianluigi Buffon tipped to announce retirement this week

Buffon leaves Juve, but he may still play on elsewhere

Gianluigi Buffon Announces He Is To Leave Juventus, Also Semi-Apologises For Calling Referee Michael Oliver ‘Garbage Bin Heart’

Gianluigi Buffon's sister insists "I really don't think it's time for goodbye", though the Juventus goalkeeper is expected to announce his retirement.

Asked if he had ever thought about playing overseas, Buffon said: "I would have liked to because I like being around different people, other ways of life, of thinking".

"I want to summarise what is a special day for me, one which I arrive at with a lot of serenity and happiness", Buffon said.

"The most exciting proposal for my career off the pitch has come from the president".

Instead, while the 40-year-old Buffon says the Serie A match against Hellas Verona on Saturday will be his last for Juventus, he has received offers to play elsewhere which have changed his mind about retiring.

"I was a volleyball player, I played in Serie A and in the national team, and I quit quite young, at 27, because I had nothing left to give, I felt deflated and felt the need to start a family. I had a thousand reasons for wanting to quit, but I wonder what the reason Gigi should do it", she added.

He also celebrated capturing Serie A and Coppa Italia glory last week - his seventh successive Scudetto and fourth consecutive Italian cup triumph.

"Not to mention that in the Champions League, at the Bernabeu, he put in a fantastic performance".

"This is the greatest gratification, and that is why I arrive at this moment so happy, because it's not something you take for granted to be able to perform at this level for so long". "These feelings are thanks to an incredible path I've been lucky enough to share with many people who really liked me, and I felt this day after day, and for this I fought and tried to do my best".

"Because it is important for athletes like you and me, who have always played at the top, to be doing our best, struggling to be the best, to stay at the top".

Juve and Italy great Buffon is expected to reveal his future plans on Thursday amid speculation the 40-year-old goalkeeper and 176-cap worldwide will retire.

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