Gianluigi Buffon signs new Juventus deal past 39th birthday

Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon made his Italy debut aged 19 in 1997 and has won 146 caps

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed a new three-year contract extension to keep him at the club beyond his 39th birthday.

The 36-year-old made his Serie A debut for Parma in 1995 and has made 400 league appearances for Juve since 2001. His new deal runs until 2017.

He said: "I want to continue performing to a high level, so that I can be an asset and a point of reference.

"Praise from the club makes me proud of the choice I made 14 years ago."

Centre-half Giorgio Chiellini, 30, has also signed a new deal until 2018.

Buffon has won five Serie A titles with Juventus, plus two which were taken off the club as part of the 2006 match-fixing scandal.

He won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and remains first choice, having won a record 146 caps.