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Italian giants Juventus have said that they hope to see goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon stay at the club for the rest of his career, Sky Sports reports.
The 35-year-old received a standing ovation from the crowd following his country’s 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic this week as he equalled his country’s all time cap record of 136, which was originally set by his former teammate Fabio Cannavaro.
Italy finally secured their passage to Brazil for next year’s tournament, with the evergreen Buffon conceding just five goals in eight appearances during the qualifying group stage.
And Juve have expressed a desire to see the man affectionately known ‘Superman’ stay at the club until he finally decides to call time on his career, whenever that may be.
“Buffon is a true champion,” Juventus club administrator Giuseppe Marotta said to Gazzetta dello Sport. “He is a superlative professional.
“He deserves this recognition.
“My hope and wish is that he can defend Italy and Juve’s goal for many years to come.
“I believe and I hope that he will finish his career with Juve and this is the basis for him to remain at Juve for a long time.”
Buffon recently signed a new contract extension with the champions that will see him at the club until 2015. He recently stated that he had no desire to step down from international duty as he still has an eye on representing the Azzuri at Euro 2016.