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Paulo Dybala: “I want to stay at Juventus next year”

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Paulo Dybala has downplayed fears over his future by declaring his intention to remain at Juventus next season.

Speculation over Dybala’s Juventus future has been going strong over the past few months following a lacklustre campaign.

The normally-prolific forward has only scored five goals in his 29 Serie A appearances as Juventus wrapped up an eighth successive title.

Part of Dybala’s struggles this season are alleged to be down to Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival. The Argentine adopted a wider role up front to accommodate the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the line-up.

And Dybala’s brother and agent, Gustavo, stirred things up last week by declaring the 25-year-old wants to leave Turin in the summer.

With Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri set to leave, however, Dybala has seemingly done a U-turn on his future.

“My brother spoke for himself, I talked to the club and Fabio Paratici [Juve sporting director] and they know what I think,” said Dybala, according to Sky Sports.

“I want to stay at Juventus again next year, I want to continue playing here. I’m happy, I wear the Juve jersey with pride.

“It is obvious that Juventus must make their choices, make the team based around the coach that will arrive. But I want to stay here.”

The mystery as to who will replace Allegri as Juventus manager next season continues to be shrouded in doubt.

The favourites were Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, who previously led Inter Milan to a historic treble in the 2009/10 season.

But both men have been ruled out of the running, which has left the Italian media to name a surprise candidate in Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri.

“The club doesn’t know yet who the next manager will be, but we’re hoping it’ll be a strong one, capable of leading us to win everything,” said Dybala.

“I said goodbye to Allegri and thanked him, because he’s the only coach I’ve had during my time here. We’re all very grateful for what he has done for the club and we wish him the very best.

“The fans would like to see us play attractive football, but the most important thing is to win games, the club thinks so and my teammates think so.”

Dybala and Juventus will take a trip to Sampdoria for their Serie A finale on Sunday.

TURIN, ITALY – MAY 19: Paulo Dybala of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and Atalanta BC on May 19, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)