Italian keeper Buffon joins Paris Saint-Germain

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Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a one-year deal, the French Ligue 1 champions announced on Friday. The 40-year-old 2006 World Cup winner joins the big-spending Parisian side days after his contract with Juventus ended in June. “We all feel an immense pride in welcoming Gianluigi Buffon into the great Paris Saint-Germain family,” PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi announced in a statement. Confirmation of Buffon’s move came after he had arrived at PSG around midday accompanied by his doctor. He was also seen at the American Hospital in the nearby suburb of Neuilly. Buffon, who played a record 176 times for Italy, has an option to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes for a further season. He will be officially unveiled as the latest teammate of PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and company on Monday. The first signing since German Thomas Tuchel took over as PSG manager in May said he was thrilled at his new job outside Italy.—AFP

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