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Buffon loyalty pleases Conte

By Football News



Juventus coach Antonio Conte has confirmed that Gianluigi Buffon has agreed a deal to extend his stay at the club.

The Italy goalkeeper's current contract expires in the summer, but the former Siena boss is delighted that his captain will be staying put.

"I am happy about his renewal and that the best goalkeeper in the world can continue playing with us for a long time," Conte told reporters after the 1-1 draw with Lazio on Tuesday.

Reflecting on the Coppa Italia semi-final clash, Conte claimed that his side deserved more than share of the spoils, and vowed to go for broke in the return leg.

"The smile remains for seeing this performance in an emergency situation," he told reporters.

"From the negative aspects, we managed to find the strength to give consistency to our performance. Despite the difficult moment in terms of injuries, the team deserved much more tonight.

"In the second leg, we will play our game, hopefully with a little more luck. Between our Serie A meeting and this one, Lazio had more good fortune that we did, even if they are a great side who deserve everything."

Claudio Marchisio played in a more advanced role than usual, and Conte was happy with the impact the Italy international made under the circumstances.

"Marchisio was the player who gave me the most guarantees, in that more advanced role and he did well, I also have to thank the rest of the team.

"Paul Pogba also did well, carrying on from his performance against Udinese."