Juventus great Buffon confirms he will retire by 2023


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Coppa Italia - Semi Final Second Leg - Juventus v Inter Milan - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - February 9, 2021 Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

(Reuters) - Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he plans to retire by June 2023 at the latest but won't rule out hanging up his boots sooner.

The 43-year-old's contract with the Turin club expires at the end of the season and a renewal is yet to be agreed with the Italian champions.

"Look, in my head, there truly is a final stop sign, a maximum bar, which is June 2023," Buffon said in an interview with The Guardian.

"That is the maximum, really, really the maximum. But I could also stop playing in four months."

Buffon, a 2006 World Cup champion with Italy and 10-time Serie A winner with Juventus, previously said in 2017 that he would retire in 2018, but he instead moved to French side Paris St Germain for a year before returning to Juve.

He has deputised for Wojciech Szczesny at Juve this season, making 10 appearances in all competitions.

(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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