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Buffon to join national team

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It’s reported Gianluigi Buffon will take a role with Italy rather than Juventus when he retires at the end of the season.

The goalkeeper still hasn’t officially confirmed his retirement, but it’s expected that he’ll hang up his gloves when the Serie A season concludes.

Buffon will be offered a role with Juve, but according to calciomercato.com he will instead work with the FIGC.

The Azzurri are in crisis after the failure to qualify for the World Cup, and the 40-year-old will take a key role in the rebuilding process.

Buffon won’t just be a figurehead, and his role will go beyond that of team manager, though the exact details are yet to be defined.

His final game is expected to be on June 4 when Italy take on the Netherlands at Juventus Stadium, after which the legendary goalkeeper will take a role with the national team.

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