Buffon set to stay at Juve

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has pledged his long-term future to the Old Lady, having been reassured by the club's management they will launch a serious challenge for the Serie A title next season.

The Italian World Cup-winning glove-man had been linked with a move away from Turin this summer, with the Bianconeri enduring another trophyless season after making an early exit from the Coppa Italia and eliminated by Chelsea in the Champions League last 16.

Cash-rich Manchester City were one of several suitors linked with the 31-year-old, who has made 200 league appearances for Claudio Ranieri's side.

However, he has now insisted that his future lies with Juve for at least another season.

"There is no possibility that at the end of the season I will leave Juve," he said. "I've had meetings with [managing director] Jean-Claude Blanc and now I am calmer.

"I feared for Juve and their future. I wanted some answers and I got them. My fear was not to see a future at Juve and not win anything in the next three or four years.

"This would be too much of a sacrifice for me. But my fears went away after the meetings I had."

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