Gianluigi Buffon to leave PSG at end of month

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Gianluigi Buffon will leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires on 30 June 2019. [photo: CGTN]

Italian veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain as both sides have agreed not to renew his contract that expires on June 30 following joint discussions, the Ligue 1 champions announced on Wednesday.

Buffon joined PSG from Serie A outfit Juventus last July. The Italian international played 25 matches in all competitions this season, claiming the 2019 Ligue 1 title and the 2018 French Super Cup.

"Paris Saint-Germain is honored to have had the greatest goalkeeper in the history of football at the club, a 2006 World Cup winner with many individual awards since the start of his career. The club also wishes the unforgettable 'Gigi' the best in his personal projects that now await him," read a club statement.

"Twelve months ago, I arrived at Paris Saint-Germain filled with enthusiasm, welcomed by the incredible warmth of the fans. I leave happy to have enjoyed this experience which has undoubtedly helped me to grow. Today my adventure outside Italy comes to an end," said the 41-year-old Buffon.

"I will never forget the pride that everyone at Paris Saint-Germain, both the club and the fans, felt when they saw Gianluigi Buffon wearing our jersey," said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman and CEO of Paris Saint-Germain.

"During his time at PSG, he brought his phenomenal experience and his sense of professionalism, not only to his teammates but also to all areas of the club," added Al-Khelaifi. 

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