Parma plan for Serie B promotion push, but is Gianluigi Buffon set to announce his retirement?

Former Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been granted extended leave by Parma as he considers his future, with the veteran finally thought to be set to announce his retirement.

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Having fallen short of returning Serie A with defeat in the playoffs, Parma are preparing for a Serie B promotion push in 2023/24 but are bracing themselves to lose captain and star goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, as the former Italy international contemplates retirement.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 45-year-old Buffon did not join up with the rest of the squad for the start of preseason, as Fabio Pecchia‘s team were put through their paces at their Collecchio training ground.

Indeed, Buffon has been granted five days of leave by the club to give the veteran time to reflect on his future, as he considers hanging up his gloves after an illustrious career that has spanned almost 28 years.

Is Gianluigi Buffon retiring?

It is thought that the 45-year-old is veering towards deciding to retire this summer, before taking a few months off and then returning to football in a directorial capacity, despite having another year left on his contract.

Buffon began his professional career with Parma in 1995 before joining Juventus for a world-record €52 million fee in 2001 and winning the Serie A title 10 times with the Bianconeri.

The 2006 World Cup-winning goalkeeper returned to Parma in 2021 but was unable to help the Crociati secure a return to the top flight, as they came fourth last season and fell to Cagliari in the Serie B playoff semi-finals.

Having made his Azzurri debut against Russia in 1997, Buffon went on to win 176 caps before retiring from international football in 2018 and is Italy‘s record appearance-maker.

Gianluigi Buffon celebrates a Parma win. (@ParmaCalcio_en)

End of the line for Inglese

Elsewhere, Parma are also without five players who have been on international duty this summer and are due to report back later than their teammates, with Botond Balogh, Dennis Man, Simon Sohm, Yordan Osorio and Adrian Bernabe all granted extra time off.

Meanwhile, striker Roberto Inglese was also absent and he is no longer part of the club’s plans after a disappointing campaign last year that yielded just four goals.

Parma are keen to move him on and are seeking a replacement, with Genoa veteran Massimo Coda a target, whilst they have already confirmed the signing of Anthony Partilipo from Ternana.

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