Buffon and Chiellini sign one-year deals with Juventus


  • Football
  • Tuesday, 30 Jun 2020

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Coppa Italia Semi Final Second Leg - Juventus v AC Milan - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - June 12, 2020 Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon during the warm up before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

(Reuters) - Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and central defender Giorgio Chiellini have signed new one-year contracts to stay with the club until the end of the 2020-21 season, the reigning Italian champions announced on Monday.

Buffon, 42, joined Juve from Parma in 2001 and has made over 669 appearances for the club, returning to Turin at the start of the campaign after one season with Paris St Germain.

The 2006 World Cup winner has played 13 times in all competitions this season as back-up to Wojciech Szczesny.

Centre back Chiellini, 35, entering his 16th year at Juventus, has racked up 509 appearances for the club.

Both players are aiming to help Juve win a ninth consecutive league title and their first Champions League trophy since 1996.

Meanwhile, Barcelona announced they have reached agreement to sell Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo to Juve in a deal worth 72 million euros ($80.91 million).

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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