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Dybala: “I was close to leaving Juventus”

Paulo Dybala, Juventus
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Paulo Dybala has admitted for the first time that he nearly left Juventus last summer, and remains coy on his future.

The future seemed bleak for Paulo Dybala following a difficult 2018/19 campaign for Juventus. He struggled to gel with Cristiano Ronaldo and scored just five times.

Therefore, Juventus were allegedly willing to offload him in the summer as part of a trade deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain were also in the running.

After the Lukaku swap deal fell through, however, Spurs became favourites to sign Dybala.

And they very nearly got their man, with the player even filming a goodbye message to the Bianconeri.

But a Premier League move didn’t materialise in the end due to alleged problems over image rights.

“I was close to leaving,” Dybala told The Guardian.

“That was in the club’s thinking, I knew. Until the last minute, we were waiting.”

The Argentine striker has since enjoyed a solid campaign under new head coach Maurizio Sarri.

11 goals and 10 assists in 26 appearances in all competitions prove that Dybala is back on form. Apparently, Juventus are willing to discuss a contract renewal now.

On his future, Dybala added: “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.”