Legend Could Carry On
It has again been hinted that legendary Juventus and Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon could continue his playing career beyond the 2018 World Cup finals.
Ahead of Juve's victory over Inter Milan on Sunday night Buffon's agent said it was 'very possible' the Bianconeri captain could extend his playing career beyond his planned retirement date afterall.
His agent Silvano Martina was quoted by Rai Sport - via FourFourTwo - as saying.
'He wants to reach 2018 and the tournament in Russia. Considering his spirit, his current form and the love he has for this sport, it's very possible he could continue playing after the World Cup.'
There's more and more talk that Buffon could extend his playing career when it was previously said - by the legend himself - he was bowing out for club and country in the summer of 2018.
Whenever Buffon does retire - with or without retirement Gigi could leave Juve in 2018 of course - it has often been speculated AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma could be the one who takes up his throne at the J Stadium.
However, Martina doesn't feel the 17 year old will join the Bianconeri as he thinks he'll stay at the San Siro with AC Milan anyway.
'It's not easy to take players away from a big club like Milan. Everyone keeps saying he could leave, but Donnarumma's intentions count for a lot here and he seems to be showing great love for Milan. Anything could happen, I don't know, but quite frankly the impression I get is that Donnarumma will remain at Milan.'