Dybala opens up on “difficult” summer


Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has spoken about the difficulties he faced this summer but says he always wanted to remain with the club.

The Argentina international was strongly linked with a move away from the Serie A champions during the summer with Romelu Lukaku apparently on the radar of new boss Maurizio Sarri.

A potential swap was mooted which would have seen Lukaku swap Manchester United for Juve and Dybala head in the opposite direction.

However, despite the fact the Belgian and Juve had agreed a deal in principle, United did not adhere to the 25-year-old’s wage demands and the move ultimately collapsed.

Tottenham were also credited with an interest in him, but they, like United, baulked at the potential costs involved.

Dybala largely played second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo last season, as he scored only five goals in 29 Serie A games.

Despite that underwhelming run of form, the former Palermo man says he always wanted to stay with the Old Lady and did not enjoy all the summer speculation.

“It wasn’t an easy summer,” he told Italian publication Corriere della Sera. “But this is football, even if before the transfer window opened I said: ‘I want to stay here.’

“I wanted to stay, I wanted to play here and continue my career at Juve. I think I can still give a lot and I showed a glimpse of that against Inter [whom they beat 2-1 on Sunday with Dybala scoring the opening goal].”

He is now set to join up with the Argentina squad for friendly matches against Germany and Ecuador.