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Buffon and Chiellini sign Juve deals

Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini have extended their contracts with Juventus, keeping them at the Serie A club through 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Buffon, who is the captain of Juventus and the Italian national team, will be 39 when his new deal expires and will have spent 16 years as the club's goalkeeper.

"As both parties wished to continue, it was the natural choice to extend my contract for another two years," Buffon said. "The fact that it could be my last contract should be taken into consideration, but it doesn't worry me. I think about the present and then we'll see if the future will give me something unexpected.

"I need energy and courage to make my career last even longer. The praise from the club makes me proud of the choices I made 14 years ago."

Juventus is sure to keep hold of Chiellini at least until the Italy defender is 33, at which time he will have been with the club for 13 years.

"Being here makes me emotional," Chiellini said. "It makes me think back to all the people who helped me grow and become a man in Turin.

"It makes me proud to know that, in years to come, when people talk about Gigi and Giorgio, they'll think of Juventus."

Bayern pay off stadium

Bayern Munich have paid off the cost of building the Allianz Arena and are set to top 3500 million in turnover for 2013/14, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday.

He told the Bundesliga champions' magazine the 25-year loan on the stadium, which cost more than 3340 million to construct, had been paid off 16 years ahead of time.

"We have financed the entire stadium privately and for that we took exactly 3346 million into our hands in 2005 with a financing plan to 2030, so 25 years," he said.

"Now we have paid off the stadium completely after 9-1/2 years."


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