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Buffon returns ‘home’ after rejoining Juventus

Former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has returned “home” after rejoining Juventus on a one-year contract.

The 41-year-old enjoyed a trophy-laden 17 years with the Serie A champions before moving to Paris St Germain last summer.

World Cup winner Buffon, who underwent a medical on Thursday morning, arrives on a free transfer after lifting the Ligue 1 title during his single season in France.

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“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,” read a statement on Juve’s official website.

“Buffon is back home!”

Buffon was capped 176 times by his country and tasted World Cup glory under Marcello Lippi in 2006.

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In addition to his international success, he won nine Serie A titles and four Italian cups with Juve after signing from Parma in 2001.

Buffon will be managed by former Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri and play alongside ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in Turin.

He becomes the club’s third free transfer of the summer following the arrivals of Wales international Ramsey and former PSG team-mate Adrien Rabiot.