|Desc||Dybala is usually warming the bench at Juventus behind Cristiano Ronaldo, so his interest could be sparked with joining a Mourinho-led team. Coming so soon after the near-miss, the deal could probably be picked up again relatively quickly, and the player may lower his demands to ensure he gets the move through this time. It’d certainly be a name to excite Spurs fans|
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2015 03 07 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala on Barcelona] I would swim to Barcelona if they came knocking
2017 05 13 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala expresses his admiration for Zinedine Zidane] I would love to play with him [Zinedine Zidane], we all know his qualities. I admired his technique as he was playing in the field, how he dribbled opponents, doing things with great simplicity and making it all very easy. Everyone has seen what a player he was, now he is proving to be good also as a coach
2017 08 19 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybalare flects on his club’s defeat by Real Madrid in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final] I kept thinking it was a nightmare, hoping that I would wake up. We had beaten very important teams on the way. We had never conceded more than two goals, and they scored three in 45 minutes. It was 45 minutes when we were not ourselves, 45 minutes that destroyed everything. The pain of losing that final will be with me until I lift that trophy. I will be a lot calmer then
2017 11 25 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala speaks about his admiration for fellow countryman Lionel Messi] I’ve always admired Ronaldinho, but Leo is like Diego Maradona for our generation. It’s an honour to play with him in the national team. He dragged us to the World Cup with his hat-trick against Ecuador and is a born leader
2017 12 09 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala opens up about life as a professional footballer] When we have a ball at our feet, we footballers are delighted, but what happens behind the scenes is not always all that pretty. When you get to the level that I’m at, often you are a very lonely man. God gives us this talent, but it’s a talent that you need to work on. I’ve seen so many phenomenal players at youth level - lads who you would say: ‘If only they had their head screwed on, they could have been the next [Diego] Maradona or Messi’
2018 03 26 Retrieve
[Current Juve star Paulo Dybala is also eligible to play for both Italy and Argentina, as well as Poland, but chose to commit to the Albiceleste] I feel 100 per cent Argentinian, though I look foreign with these pale eyes. When I had to choose, I had no doubts. I didn’t make any calculations. I know that I’d have less competition for Italy or Poland, but I want to play for Argentina and I never asked questions or thought about switching sides
I wouldn’t be happy in a national team that didn’t feel like mine, to hear an anthem that isn’t my own, in colours that don’t belong to me. My friend Franco Vazquez has an Italian mother. I only have an Italian passport thanks to a great-grandmother who I know nothing about. He feels Italian, I don’t
2019 05 24 Retrieve
[Speaking to Argentine radio show Futbolemico earlier this month, Gustavo Dybala, who also acts as his brother’s agent, said] There are many chances that Paulo leaves Juventus, he needs to change
2019 05 24b Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala has dismissed the latest round of rumours linking him with a move away from the Serie A champions] My brother spoke for himself. [Juventus director of sport Fabio] Paratici knows what I want to do next year - to keep playing here. Paratici knows that next year I want to continue here. Then it doesn’t depend on me. Juventus must make its choices with the coach that will come. But society knows it - next year I want to stay here. I have a lot of respect for this shirt and for these fans, and because of this I will only talk about Juventus, not about other teams, because that seems to me a lack of respect.
[And despite an overwhelming amount of speculation surrounding the identity of their new manager, Dybala suggested not even those in a position of power know who the next boss will be] Not even the company knows it. We hope it is a strong one, to be able to win everything. How did I greet Allegri? Like everyone - I greeted him and thanked him, he is the only coach I had at Juventus. We are all very grateful and we wish him the best
2019 05 28 Retrieve
[Dybala himself has also sought to quash the rumours by stating his desire to remain with the Italian title holders] Paratici knows what I want to do next year - to keep playing here. Paratici knows that next year I want to continue here. Then it doesn’t depend on me. Juventus must make its choices with the coach that will come. But society knows it - next year I want to stay here. I have a lot of respect for this shirt and for these fans, and because of this I will only talk about Juventus, not about other teams, because that seems to me a lack of respect
: 2019 06 12 Inter Milan are hoping to offload Mauro Icardi in the summer and are exploring the possibility of a swap deal with Juventus involving forward Paulo Dybala.
2019 06 19 Retrieve
[A flop next to Messi and Ronaldo: Why Dybala has failed alongside both superstars] What I’m about to say will seem strange, but playing with Messi in Argentina is a little difficult.
[Those same complaints that aired in 2017 emerged again, this time from Dybala’s brother Gustavo] Off the pitch there is no problem with [Ronaldo], the problems are on it: you can’t do anything with him there and Paulo is young. There is a good chance Paulo will leave Juve, he needs a change. He is not happy and will not be the only one who leaves
2019 07 23 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala has previously stated that he has no desire to leave the Serie A champions] [Sporting director Fabio] Paratici knows what I want to do next year - to keep playing here. Paratici knows that next year I want to continue here. Then it doesn’t depend on me. But society knows it - next year I want to stay here. I have a lot of respect for this shirt and for these fans, and because of this I will only talk about Juventus, not about other teams, because that seems to me a lack of respect.
2019 07 26 Retrieve
[Dybala mask creator Zhijun Wang on designing Premier League Asia Trophy badge] When I was a child I loved football. In the 1990s, I started to watch the Premier League when they started broadcasting in China. I was born in Beijing and I lived in Beijing all my life. I think in my city a lot of people loved football but we only had one or two teams at that time. All the families, all the children, we gathered to watch the game. I could not afford a jersey, I just watched the games and collected some magazines and cards from the markets
[Zhijun saw some of the league’s best talents - including Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne - wearing shirts with his artwork proudly stitched on] I could not imagine I would work on a Premier League project when I grew up. That’s a dream to a designer and also to a super football fan. As a fan of the Premier League I think the logo is classic, it cannot be changed. But this is also a challenge to a designer. Because I got the project, I got the mission, I needed to create something based on the classic logo. I knew the Premier League before. I had memories. I needed to break the rules in my mind. It’s a challenge. I had to balance the emotion in myself. If I failed to create a logo for the Premier League Asia Trophy, it’s a shame to my childhood memories. It’s my honour to succeed in this project
[Zhijun’s story began with practical face masks made out of the uppers of trainers] It’s my reaction to the environment. Because I live in Beijing I know the environment surrounding me. I was running for years, especially at night. After I finished running, I walked slowly under the streetlights. I noticed some smog or haze up there. It would be harmful to my lungs. I tried to find a solution to protect myself at that time. Maybe I needed a mask for myself. But at that time, because I am a designer, I wanted to make something different to other people. I wanted to find a special material. I noticed my sneaker collection. Maybe I could use running shoes. I use the upper instead of the normal material for masks, the white masks.
Different people have different perspectives. For me I just wanted to protect myself. This is the beginning of the idea. I didn’t think too much about protest or any other sensitive issues. I just focused on the environment that surrounded my life. I just want to warn people to be careful of your behaviour. Every single person, we can change our behaviour. Everyone can stop the environment changing. It’s a warning to the young generation who love sneakers as well. It’s an art piece but it can warn the people
[NBA superstar James Harden wore one warming up for the All-Star game in 2017 while One Direction singer Liam Payne has his very own New Balance - Hypebeast mask collaboration. But it was Paulo Dybala who put Zhijun’s work into the football realm] They asked me whether I could create a gladiator mask. He wants to be a superhero to Juventus fans, to prove his emotion and his ability. We talked about the idea, I showed him the mask and all the processes and he got the idea very quick
[Working with iconic American brands and the biggest, most recognisable football league, Zhijun bridges the divide between Chinese and western culture] I want to explain our native culture to people all over the world. It’s not easy to explain to people from different countries. Art is the best way. People love art more than text or some boring translations. They will touch the idea by themselves. We have some other ways to cross the divide. It’s not a problem to the young generation, we can do some changes ourselves. We don’t make big protests, we just change ourselves
: 2019 07 30 Pavel Nedved said there are proposals and interest for Paulo Dybala as the star attacker faces an uncertain future with the Serie A champions
: 2019 07 31 Paulo Dybala for Romelu Lukaku? Lukaku has become a £75 million makeweight at Old Trafford, with his 42 goals in two seasons not proving enough to persuade Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he should be favoured over Marcus Rashford in the number-nine position
: 2019 08 02 Paulo Dybala will not take a routine medical at Juventus on Friday and has not returned to their Continassa training headquarters as talk of a move away from Turin gathers pace
: 2019 08 05 Manchester United’s interest in Mario Mandzukic has been cooled following the end of talks between the club and Juventus over a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku. Mandzukic was being offered by Juve along with Dybala as a makeweight in their bid to usurp Serie A rivals Inter to the signature of Belgium striker Lukaku.
: 2019 08 06 Juventus have accepted Tottenham’s €70 million bid for striker Paulo Dybala.
: 2019 08 08 Paulo Dybala’s proposed switch to Tottenham has fallen through amid financial issues with the image rights associated with the Juventus forward
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala’s agent, Jorge Antun, insists he is not to blame for the collapse of the Argentina forward’s proposed move to Manchester United] Yes, I talked to the English club. But the commission stories are untrue. There were just issues between the clubs
[The latest club to emerge as a potential destination is Paris Saint-Germain and, although Antun accepts things can change very quickly, he claims he is not preparing for any imminent talks in the French capital] No, I don’t have any plans [to go to Paris]. Paulo must enjoy the moment with Juventus. What will happen in the future, I don’t know
2019 08 25b Retrieve
[Rumours of Dybala leaving have been prominent ever since Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as Juve’s head coach, with the former Napoli boss reportedly viewing him as expendable due to tactical reasons, claims backed up by him being an unused substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Parma. Sarri was missing for Juve’s opening weekend clash in Serie A as he recovers from pneumonia, but standing in for the coach, Pavel Nedved insisted that Dybala had a part to play in Turin still] Dybala will never be a problem for us because he is a great player. Maurizio is using him as a false nine and I believe he is playing the role very well. He had a great pre-season
2019 10 08 Retrieve
[Dybala has claimed that he always wanted to stay and fight for his place at Juve] I have not experienced an easy summer. Obviously hearing your name linked with every team you don’t want to go to is not a nice thing, but this is football. Before the market started I had already done an interview in which I said I wanted to stay in Turin, then I never spoke again, not even at the Copa America. I think it’s more important to talk on the field, with facts. You never know how the market goes until the last day, but I wanted to stay here, I wanted to continue my career at Juventus. I think I can still give so much to this shirt and I’m very happy with what I showed against Inter.
[Dybala also talked up Sarri in comparison to his predecessor Massimiliano Allegri, praising his attack-minded tactical outlook] They are different in their way of playing and you can already see that. With Allegri we have done so many beautiful things, but I think Sarri is a little more offensive and you can already see that he plays more [offensively] than Allegri’s vision [of the game]. To prove it [can be successful], we have to wait for what will happen. With Sarri it is so offensive, so it’s easier for us attackers
2019 10 23 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala insisted Juventus are determined to go all the way in the Champions League] We are a team with great experience and we are eager to go all the way in this competition. I think we have enough quality to do more than we did in recent years. I’m very happy, I really needed two goals like this. It was a difficult game but you could really see the level of experience of our team. We always remained calm until we finally scored
[Sarri introduced Gonzalo Higuain from the bench early in the second half alongside Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to turn the match around after Juve trailed to Aleksey Miranchuk’s first-half goal] Now we won and you all say that we can play together. But if we were losing, the opinions would have been completely different. I just say that we need to keep working hard as we are doing. The coach has his own ideas and we fully trust him
2019 11 25 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are monsters who are convinced they are the best player on the pitch in every game] Outside the pitch, they are two very quiet people, but inside they are two monsters. I heard Luis Scola [Argentinian basketball player] said both Leo and Cristiano enter the field convinced that they are the best and that is why they are the best. And I am sure that is so. My friends used to tell me: ‘You have the best in the national team and now they bring you the best one at your club’. I replied: ‘It is an advantage for me.’
I can study them every day. Who doesn’t want to play with the best? We are talking about two phenomenal players; two players who are one or two steps above the rest. They are at the top on a football level and also at a mental level. It is not easy to keep going and score 40 goals every year. It is crazy. In the history of football, great players have played at great teams and have not achieved what they did. They have been good for each other
2020 01 20 Retrieve
[Dybala drops Paul Pogba future hint as Juventus star admits to celebration target] Paul and I have a good relationship and when he played here we were always looking for a new way to celebrate goals. We scored a lot of goals so the celebrations changed often. I hope that one day we will be able to celebrate again together
A player always dreams of arriving at a club like this. It’s a dream to be able to wear these colours and to win titles for us and for the fans. I also dream of winning something important on a personal level with this club
2020 01 24 Retrieve
[At the end of a long conversation comes the inevitable question, if only for a laugh. Which, by the way, it gets. So, about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo again] I’m the only player who shares a dressing room with both and people only see the tip of the iceberg, not the work beneath; they haven’t won all they’ve won because they’ve been lucky. And, yeah, I know people have to ask but they must know what I’m going to say
[Go on then, who’s better? Dybala makes a play of looking out of the window at the Alps] I can’t answer that
A lot of the time, you have difficult moments and you have to go out there and fight anyway: not just in football, in life. Bad things happen, to me or anyone, difficult times in life, but you have to keep going: put the mask on like gladiators do, and fight. Every battle. That was the idea I tried to transmit. People liked it, understood it. And that’s pleasing because the messages you send aren’t always interpreted the way you’d like
I’d like to go, although there’s no family left. It’s a tiny place, eight or nine houses. Some Polish journalists put me in touch with my grandfather’s daughter but she passed away. There are cousins in Canada and we’ve spoken but not met. I want to. I tried to get a Polish passport but we couldn’t find some of my grandfather’s documents and we got Italian passports from my mother’s side instead. One day, I will. I feel maybe more Polish than Italian. Personality-wise, my dad was more Polish; my middle brother, exactly the same. All of us, a bit. Maybe a bit colder, Polish blood. Italians tend to be more emotional
[Dybala’s grandfather died when Paulo was four. His father, Adolfo, died when Paulo was 15. A football fan, Adolfo drove his son to Córdoba every day, a 70-mile round trip, to train with the second division side Instituto until, at 14, Dybala went permanently, living in the home of Faustino and Orlando and their grandchildren. But when Adolfo developed a tumour, Paulo asked to return to Laguna Larga] I was young and it was very hard. My mother suffered a lot, my brothers too. You see the pain but you continue. I’m not the first to go through that and won’t be the last. Sadly, that’s the circle of life. Now we have someone helping us from above. I thought: ‘I’ll ditch [football]. Ditch it’ in the sense of [not] leaving my family to play in Córdoba. I didn’t want to. I would have kept playing in my town but I wasn’t going to chase that dream any more.
My refuge was my family. When Instituto called, I didn’t feel like going. I was 15, I couldn’t hide how hard it was: football was no refuge. I went back because it was my passion and my family pushed me. If not, my mindset was to leave it.
[My refuge was my family. When Instituto called, I didn’t feel like going. I was 15, I couldn’t hide how hard it was: football was no refuge. I went back because it was my passion and my family pushed me. If not, my mindset was to leave it] Things eventually came to light. There are still some people with legal issues in Argentina. Football has become a huge business. We’re on the inside but a lot of the time you can’t do anything. I was very young
But I was very happy. From the second division to Serie A was an enormous change but I was convinced. My family came and the adventure began in Palermo. The first year didn’t go well. It was all new and in truth it was a difficult dressing room; an older squad which was difficult when things went badly. We were struggling, results were bad. I was a kid, seeing a lot of things. Now I’m grateful because the experience became a lesson. Here, at Juventus, you ‘always win’, right? Everything’s nice. It was the opposite there but the second season was great. We won the second division and personally it was good
[When he signed, Maurizio Zamparini, the Palermo president, announced him as the new Sergio Agüero - just one of many names thrown at him, including Messi, Sívori, and Tevez] If you believe that, it weighs on you. but I always said I didn’t want to be the new anything, I want people to say my goals, my moves, are ‘like Dybala’, not anyone else. Messi, [Omar] Sívori, and Agüero won incredible things. I wanted to win my things, not theirs. There was criticism because it was €8m for a 17-year-old, their highest transfer ever. I left for €40m and when I got here, the first thing they asked was about the fee. You think about the prices paid now
2020 01 25 Retrieve
[Dybala admits nearly leaving Juventus amid Man Utd and Tottenham links] I was close to leaving. That was in the club’s thinking, I knew. Until the last minute, we were waiting. I have two years left on my contract. That’s not a short time but it’s not a long one either. We’ll see what plans Juventus have, if they think I might leave in the next market or if they want me to stay. That’s a decision for the club to make. It’s hard to know because things change in a second. But I’m here, at a club that has treated me well. I’m happy, comfortable. [Maurizio] Sarri’s arrival has helped. He wanted me to stay, which gave me strength when we didn’t know what would happen. I knew he could teach me, help me bring out the best in myself
[Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini had labelled Dybala the new Sergio Aguero when the attacker signed] If you believe that, it weighs on you, but I always said I didn’t want to be the new anything, I want people to say my goals, my moves, are ‘like Dybala’, not anyone else. [Lionel] Messi, [Omar] Sivori, and Aguero won incredible things. I wanted to win my things, not theirs. There was criticism because it was €8million for a 17-year-old, their highest transfer ever. I left for €40m and when I got here, the first thing they asked was about the fee. You think about the prices paid now
2020 02 09 Retrieve
[Dybala was strongly linked with a move to Tottenham last summer] I was close to leaving. That was in the club’s thinking, I knew. Until the last minute, we were waiting. I have two years left on my contract. That’s not a short time but it’s not a long one either. We’ll see what plans Juventus have, if they think I might leave in the next market or if they want me to stay. That’s a decision for the club to make. It’s hard to know because things change in a second. But I’m here, at a club that has treated me well. I’m happy, comfortable. [Maurizio] Sarri’s arrival has helped. He wanted me to stay, which gave me strength when we didn’t know what would happen. I knew he could teach me, help me bring out the best in myself
[While Sarri is a big fan of Dybala, he’s struggled at times to incorporate the Argentine into his starting side this season] Leaving Paulo Dybala out is practically blasphemy, but we have so many strong attacking players and can’t use them all at once. The balance of the team is essential and against Fiorentina, Gonzalo Higuain was more useful. If we were to use all four together, it would end up sacrificing many of the positive characteristics of these players. For example, it’d be a waste to use Cristiano Ronaldo on the wing
2020 03 13 Retrieve
[Dybala denies he has coronavirus as Juventus remain on lockdown] Hello everyone, I wanted to confirm that I am well and in voluntary isolation. Thank you all for the messages and I hope you are well
2020 03 27 Retrieve
[Dybala recounts struggle with coronavirus] I feel good, much better in fact, after having had some strong symptoms for a couple of days. Today I feel much better, without any symptoms and I can move much better, so I will try to train again. After having attempted to in the days where the symptoms were strong, I felt uncomfortable very quickly and I couldn’t get any air so I couldn’t do anything. After about five minutes I felt really tired and my body felt heavy, my muscles hurt and I had to stop. But luckily both me and my girlfriend feel much better now
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Dybala to Juventus team-mate Ronaldo: We hate you in Argentina!] I said to him, ‘Cristiano, in Argentina, we hate you a bit because of your figure, because of how you are, of how you walk. The truth is that you’ve surprised me because I’ve found you to be different’.
[Dybala says he has since talked tactics with Messi as the two have looked to find an understanding of how they fit together positionally] I’ve never intended to criticise a team-mate, I simply wanted to improve something that was happening. I spoke about it with Leo because we’re both very similar tactically. I didn’t have many minutes at the World Cup or the Copa America but, at the same time, I always respected the decisions of the coaches because Argentina is very prestigious
2020 04 01b Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala has admitted he was scared after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this month] I had a bad cough, I felt tired and when I slept, I felt cold. At first, I didn’t think about what it could be but it had happened to two other teammates and the last one was me. d headaches, but it was advisable not to take anything. The club gave us vitamins and over time we felt better. It’s psychological. You were scared at first, but it’s okay now. These days we haven’t had any symptoms. I used to get tired faster. I wanted to train, but after five minutes I was already out of breath, and that’s when we realized that something wasn’t right, then the tests revealed that we were positive for the virus. A lot of people die here every day, things are very bad. You can’t handle cases anymore, that’s why many countries have sent their doctors. It’s not a lie, you have to be careful. People have to stay at home
[Dybala went on to reveal that a unanimous decision was reached after captain Giorgio Chiellini led a meeting to go over the club’s plans to balance the books] Chiellini spoke to the president, then to the group. We talked about it, there were different opinions, there were players who lacked one or two games to reach a clause, but this was the best thing to do
2020 04 02 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala explained the difference between Max Allegri and Maurizio Sarri and how he shares his ideas with the current Juventus coach] The differences between Allegri and Sarri? At Juve Allegri he asked me to assist Mandzukic, as Vazquez did with me at Palermo. I was doing the linking, I had to sacrifice myself defensively and perform three tasks. In the following years the coach gave me total freedom of movement, and so I started playing attacker, midfielder and winger. I was doing what he wanted. Even with Sarri I already play in three roles and with Ronaldo I am finding a great connection. My character? I am very demanding with myself, I often ask myself what I am doing wrong and how I can improve
This you have to do for the greater reason if you play in Juventus, where you can always fight for something important, including the Champions League. I often talk to the coach, we discuss our ideas without problems
[The Argentine has been compared with another Bianconeri legend, Omar Sivori] Here they love him, at the stadium and at the museum there are many of his photographs. My brother and I met his son in a hotel in the center. It is an honour to be compared to him, he was an incredible player and a very important figure in the history of the club
2020 04 02b Retrieve
[Mythbuster: Is Ronaldo really a great free-kick taker?] We know how it works. On the left, there’s Cristiano; we just stand there to make for a good photograph!
2020 04 02c Retrieve
[Juventus star Paulo Dybala is one of the survivors of Covid-19 and he revealed the ‘psychological’ struggles he had with the illness] I had a bad cough, I felt tired and when I slept, I felt cold. At first, I didn’t think about what it could be but it had happened to two other teammates and the last one was me. We had headaches, but it was advisable not to take anything. The club gave us vitamins and over time we felt better. It’s psychological. You were scared at first, but it’s okay now. These days we haven’t had any symptoms
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[Paulo Dybala on Coronavirus symptoms] I had a bad cough, I felt tired and when I slept, I felt cold. At first, I didn’t think about what it could be but it had happened to two other team-mates and the last one was me. We had headaches, but it was advisable not to take anything. The club gave us vitamins and over time we felt better. It’s psychological. You were scared at first, but it’s OK now. These days we haven’t had any symptoms
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[Juventus star Dybala admits reaction after coronavirus diagnosis] To tell you the truth, I never thought I was going to miss playing and training that much. I feel like I need to train, see my team-mates and friends and at least touch the ball because training at home isn’t the same on my own. I need to put my boots on and run, score a goal… As I always say, when you are passionate you make everything twice as important. It’s been too long without training. We don’t know exactly when we’ll be back. It’s not like a holiday, when you know you’ll be resting for a certain amount of time. I know my only job is to relax and keep in good shape, but nothing major as opposed to now. It started as being one week, then one more, then one more, so I train here but it’s not the same
2020 05 06 Retrieve
[Juventus confirm Dybala tests negative for coronavirus] Paulo Dybala performed, as per protocol, a double check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for Coronavirus-Covid 19, which came back with negative results. The player has, therefore, recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime
2020 05 06b Retrieve
[Juventus confirm Dybala tests negative for coronavirus] My face says it all, I’m finally cured from Covid-19.
[Dybala has spoken about how difficult his break from football] To tell you the truth, I never thought I was going to miss playing and training that much. I feel like I need to train, see my team-mates and friends and at least touch the ball because training at home isn’t the same on my own
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[Juventus star Dybala hopes to play with Pogba again] I couldn’t overlook a shirt like this, of course. It’s from Manchester, from my friend Paul, whom I admire as a person even more than as a football player. I had the chance to share great things with him and hopefully I can repeat that someday
To score and to win a game in that way makes it even sweeter, and to be able to swap shirts with your friend is one of the most beautiful things you can do in football
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[Dybala yet to fully recover from coronavirus as Serie A restart approaches] I had coronavirus, but I feel much better now. I am still not quite at 100 per cent, but I’m pretty good. We’ve started training again and football is coming back, so soon we will be able to do what we love the most. I hope we can have fun and entertain. I think it will be useful because we will have many consecutive football matches, and people like us who love this wonderful sport will have the opportunity to watch a different game every day
I couldn’t overlook a shirt like this, of course. It’s from Manchester, from my friend Paul, whom I admire as a person even more than as a football player. I had the chance to share great things with him and hopefully I can repeat that someday
2020 06 09 Retrieve
[Dybala confirms Man Utd & Tottenham talks as he reveals why he wanted Juventus stay] It was more or less last year at this point when Juventus didn’t want to count on me, didn’t want me to continue playing here. That’s when I was contacted and there were some clubs that were interested in me. Among those were Manchester United and Tottenham. I think for a long time there were conversations, then Paris Saint-Germain also appeared. I did not speak directly to any of them, but there were conversations with the clubs. However, my intention at the time was to stay. I hadn’t had a good year or a positive last six months, so I didn’t want to leave with that image because I think I had given the club a lot of nice moments and it wasn’t fair that I went like this. So I also communicated that my intention was to stay, work to grow and give my best here. Obviously it was not easy because Juventus’ intentions were different, but after the market closed, there was no more time and with the arrival of [Maurizio] Sarri I grew a lot. The team started playing football much better and that made me stay and I’ve had a great year until today
2020 06 09 Retrieve
[Dybala admits it would be very nice to play for Barcelona] The truth is that Barcelona is huge team worldwide and with Messi there even bigger. It would be very nice, but Juventus is also an incredible club, very big, full of history, where there are currently great players. There’s enough quality here to make two teams and the chance to play with [Gianluigi] Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo, who make the club even bigger.
[Dybala, who has scored 13 goals and provided seven assists in 34 games this season, said he was still waiting] For now there is nothing, really. I have a year and a half left on my contract, which is not much, and I understand that with all this that has happened [coronavirus] it isn’t easy for the club, but other players have also renewed, so we are here waiting. Obviously I am a player of this club and I am happy to be here. People love me very much and I love the people very much. I have great appreciation for the club and the people who are here, I have a good relationship with my president and surely at some point they will come to chat - or maybe not, I don’t know. At some point maybe there may be some possible renewal, but it depends on Juventus
2020 06 10 Retrieve
[Juventus and Dybala confident of agreement over €12m-a-year contract renewal] Renewal? For now there is nothing. I have a year-and-a-half left on my contract, it is not so much, and I understand that since what happened with the coronavirus it is not easy for the club, but other players have renewed. Let’s wait, it depends on Juventus
I am happy to be here, people love me very much and I love people very much. I have a great appreciation for the club and the people who are here, I have a good relationship with my president and we will certainly talk at some point