'Don't go Gigi,' Buffon's sister urges Juventus great

'Don't go Gigi,' Buffon's sister urges Juventus great

"Saturday will be my last match at Juventus and finishing my adventure like that, with two titles, with the support of (Juventus chairman) Andrea (Agnelli) and all the Bianconero people, will be the most lovely", Buffon told reporters. "On Saturday, I will play the last game with Juventus, then I will take two or three days to think calmly, but I am sure I'll decide according to the will that my heart is screaming".

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

Buffon has been at Juventus since 2001.

The event at Juventus Stadium was announced earlier this week and some familiar faces in the audience served to underline its significance as former team-mate Pavel Nedved - now a club director - and Giorgio Chiellini stood close by.

In a fitting send-off, the 176-time capped Italy goalkeeper will lift his seventh consecutive Scudetti this weekend, just a week after lifting the Copa Italia.

"I'm his sister, I love him very much and I'm biased, but I really don't think it's time for goodbye. Now offers have arrived that are exciting on and off the pitch", he said without discussing where he could be headed.

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'I can not thank the president for his kind words.

"I'm convinced that Juventus needs to plan for the future and, as someone who has spent many years as a player and several as club captain, I am the first to understand that".

"I'm proud to have received many proposals for the future, but it's in my character to launch myself into the next challenge with the utmost dedication".

Saturday, I will play a match and that is the only thing that's certain. And the day I stop playing football, I will find a way not to get bored and I'll stay busy.

"He has always been a reference for me".

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