French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have completed the signing of veteran goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon on a free transfer.
Buffon, 40, joins the capital club on a one-year deal with the option of another year after shelving plans to put an end to his iconic career.
The Italian goalkeeper ended his 17-year association with Juventus after the expiration of his contract at the end of last season.
In his first interview as a PSG player, Buffon said: “It is with a great feeling of happiness that I join Paris Saint-Germain.
“For the first time in my career, I am leaving my country and only a project this ambitious could have encouraged me to make such a decision.
“I want to thank the club and the president for their confidence. To have followed the club’s incredible progression in recent years, I know what dreams Paris Saint-Germain and its fans have in their hearts.
“I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to win to help my new club achieve all the great objectives it has set out for the future.
“With my teammates and our supporters, we will share fantastic emotions at the Parc des Princes and in all of the stadiums in which we are going to represent Paris, a marvellous city that deserves to one day see its club at the top of international football.” the 2006 World Cup winner concluded.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “We all feel an immense pride in welcoming Gianluigi Buffon into the great Paris Saint-Germain family.”
“The immensity of his career, as well as his ambitious personality, unifying and elegant, make him one of the most admired and respected players in world football.
“At 40 years old, his passion for football is intact and Gianluigi has found the ideal environment in our project to set himself extremely high objectives transmitting his experience, not only to the other goalkeepers at the club, but to all of our players.
“Our supporters will know how to welcome Buffon with the enthusiasm and love that he deserves.
“His arrival reaffirms our will to always go higher, an ambition that we intend to pursue with a determination just as strong.” He concluded.