Italian great Gianluigi Buffon set to announce retirement

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"Until 15 days ago, I was sure to stop playing, but I received some exciting proposals, both on and off the pitch".

"I think that at my age you have to evaluate the situation a month, a week, at a time, ' he told Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in an interview with The Players" Tribune.

He also hinted that he has been offered a coaching role with Juventus.

"If I feel as strong as I do at the age of 40, that is all thanks to Juventus and the mentality here".

"I've told him this so many times, but Gigi is a good guy he just laughs and nearly always replies: "maybe it's better this way".

I make this decision in a calm and happy state of mind, which is not to be taken for granted for a sportsperson".

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"If I decide to continue it will be to fight for big things, because that's what I live for". We're talking about the goalkeeper who was a protagonist in the seventh consecutive Scudetto won by Juventus, and the fourth Coppa Italia. Two others were stripped from the club due to the Calciopoli scandal.

And Veronica said space had not yet been made for the one he will wear for his final game expected to be Saturday when he makes his 640th and final Serie A appearance against Verona. Also as punishment, Juventus was relegated to Serie B but Buffon stayed and helped it win the second division and bounce straight back up.

Buffon holds the record for going 974 minutes in Serie A football without conceding a goal and has kept 300 clean sheets in 655 competitive club matches.

The captain's armband, which Buffon has worn since Alessandro Del Piero's departure in 2012, will be handed to another veteran, defender Giorgio Chiellini. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be his replacement for next season. He announced his retirement from the national team in November when Italy lost a World Cup playoff to Sweden but recently returned for friendlies.

Italy's most capped player with 176, Buffon could make his global farewell on June 4 in a friendly against the Netherlands.

However, he insisted he has played his last match for his country and doesn't need a special swansong.