Juventus Hands 1-Year Extensions to Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini

Gianluigi Buffon in the 2018 world cup. Photo by Matt McNulty/JMP/REX/Shutterstock (9475042o)

Seria A giants Juventus announced on Monday that goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini both signed a one-year extension with the club. Both veterans will now remain with the club at least through the 2020/21 season.

Buffon, who turned 42 in January, re-joined Juventus past summer after a one-year stint with Paris Saint-Germain. He played mostly as a backup this season, making 13 appearances in all competitions.

The 35-year-old Chiellini spent the majority of the 2019/20 sidelined due to ACL injury. He recovered in time to join Juve for Seria A season restart but hasn’t played a game yet as he’s working towards returning to fitness.

“There are players who need no introduction,” said Juve in a statement. “Champions whose story speaks for itself, and whose connection with the shirt they wear is indissoluble. Examples on the pitch and in the locker room, leaders, driving forces, bearers of the Bianconeri DNA, who wear it as a second skin.”

Gianluigi Buffon joined Juventus in 2001 and has made 669 appearances for the club since then. During his time in Turin, Buffon helped the club to win 20 trophies, including nine Seria A titles.

Giorgio Chiellini, on the other hand, has been with Juve since 2005 and serves as the team’s captain since 2018. He played 509 games with Bianconeri in all competitions and was Seria A champion eight times with the club.