Buffon, Chiellini sign 1-year extensions with Juventus

Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini extended their contracts with Juventus until June 2021, the club announced Monday.

Their previous deals were set to expire Tuesday.

Buffon returned to Juventus last summer after spending a year with Paris Saint-Germain. Wearing the No. 77, the 42-year-old agreed to serve as Wojciech Szczesny’s backup.

Buffon still has a chance of surpassing Paolo Maldini as Serie A’s all-time leader in appearances. They’re currently tied on 647 matches played in the Italian top flight.

Chiellini, meanwhile, has anchored Juventus’ backline for more than a decade, making more than 500 appearances in all competitions since his debut with the club in 2005. He was named captain after Buffon departed in June 2018.

Chiellini will turn 36 in August.

He only recently returned to training after six months out with a knee injury. Matthijs De Ligt, who joined Juventus from Ajax for €75 million last summer, and Leonardo Bonucci have started the majority of games in Chiellini’s absence.

Juventus, who are chasing a ninth consecutive Serie A title, have a four-point lead over nearest rivals Lazio.

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