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BUFFON ‘CLOSE’ TO EMOTIONAL RETURN TO BOYHOOD CLUB PARMA, AFTER 20 YEARS AWAY

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By Oduola Farouq A.

Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus’ goalkeeper, will leave the club again this summer, with his contract scheduled to expire at the end of the month and is nearing a move back to his childhood club Parma, from where he moved to Juventus. The 43 year-old is set to be eyeing the next FIFA World cup as a third choice goalkeeper.

The Serie B team is still in talks, but Buffon is said to have more than five bids to consider including Spanish giants Barcelona whom he turned down earlier this month. Besiktas have also approached the veteran, but Parma has appealed to him because of the club’s ambitious project.

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Buffon began his professional career with the Serie B team in 1996, making 168 games before joining Juventus for £23 million.

In 1999, he was a major member of the Parma team that won the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Cup, and the Supercoppa Italiana. Since then, the shot-stopper has made 685 appearances for Juventus, winning Serie A 10 times and the Coppa Italia twice.

He was part of the Italian team that won the World Cup in 2006 which is his biggest achievement in the sport. He also won the Ligue 1 in his soul year in French club Paris Saint-Germain.

After being relegated to the Serie B this season, it may be precisely what the team needs get back to the Serie A.

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