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Buffon could keep going next season

Buffon could keep going next season

Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he may continue his career past the end of the season as long as he can stay fit and motivated.

The 40-year-old Italy captain initially made plans to retire after the 2018 World Cup, but the Azzurri failed to qualify, leaving Buffon with an important decision to make.

"Motivation is everything," he said, according to FourFourTwo.

"As long as I want to suffer, to fight, I'll continue. After the passion that motivated me in my first years, I set myself the goal of having a challenge, to always fight for a bigger objective.

"I'll need to see - together with the club - what energy level I'll have and whether I can continue or not.

"What makes me happy is the fact that, whatever my future will be, I feel very serene and gratified for what my career has been, and for what I think I've given to Juventus, Parma, the national team and all of football.

"I know I have always worked with extreme seriousness and unselfishness, putting the good of the group ahead of my own."

Buffon has made 13 Serie A appearances for Juventus this season, keeping eight clean sheets. The Bianconeri are at the top of the standings with a game in hand and a one-point lead over Napoli. They are also through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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