Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon has officially re-joined the club on a one-year contract.
A statement on Juve’s official website read: “After a year away from Turin, Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Juventus, after penning in a one-year contract which will tie him to the club until 30 June 2020.
“It was 19 May 2018. That was the day when there were tears in everyone’s eyes; when Gigi said goodbye to Juventus, it's fans and vice-versa. It was the bidding of a farewell to someone who was more than just a captain, but a legend and a symbol of the club.
“Probably each of us hoped, and in the end, knew that the yarn that united us for so many years was not destined to break. And that was the case.
“After a year with Paris Saint-Germain, where Gigi registered saves on 73,5% of his attempts, won 13 of 17 games played in Ligue 1, and added a French league title along with a Super Cup to his incredible trophy cabinet, Gigi has officially returned to Juventus.
“Buffon is back home!”
Although not mentioned in the statement, Buffon should have the option to stay with the club in a coaching or directorial capacity next season.
The 41-year-old is an Old Lady great, with almost 700 games and nine Scudetti under his belt.
He spent last season with Paris Saint-Germain but left once his contract expired to pursue a return to Juve, where he can become Serie A’s record appearance holder.
It also gives the goalkeeper one final opportunity to win the Champions League - a trophy he has long coveted after three lost Finals.
Buffon had appeared to be set for Porto, replacing Iker Casillas who was expected to retire after he suffered a heart attack.
Although his move back to Turin seems to have come out of the blue, he alluded to it in a Twitter post that had iniitially gone unnoticed.
Buffon becomes the Bianconeri’s second summer signing after fellow free agent and ex-PSG teammate Adrien Rabiot.
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