Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has extended his contract until 2012,
the Italian club said on Thursday.
The Italy number one had
considered leaving despite Juve recently securing promotion back to Serie A
following their demotion last year for match-fixing.
Italy's national soccer team
goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon controls a ball at the Coverciano training
grounds, near Florence, May 30, 2007.[Reuters]
But having stuck with the club for a season in the second division, Buffon
has opted to stay following the appointment of former Chelsea manager Claudio
Ranieri as coach.
"An important day for me, because I have written a new page in my career and
life," Buffon said in a statement.
AC Milan were linked in the Italian press with a possible approach for Buffon
but club bosses at the San Siro were quick to say they were happy with Brazil
Buffon was in excellent form during Italy's Euro 2008 qualifying wins in the
Faroe Islands on Saturday and Lithuania on Wednesday.
"Today we have achieved another important result, as keeping Gianluigi Buffon
at Juventus was one of the key points of our plans for the coming years," the
club's general manager Jean-Claude Blanc said.