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Sarri backed to resolve Dybala-Ronaldo problem at Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Juventus
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New Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri will end Paulo Dybala’s struggles alongside Cristiano Ronaldo next season, according to Giuliano Giannichedda.

After starring during his first three campaigns, Dybala notably struggled once Juventus completed their sensational capture of Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

Head coach Massimiliano Allegri shifted Dybala more out on the wing to accommodate Ronaldo. The Argentine’s numbers, therefore, suffered a dip after ending up with just five goals in 30 Serie A games last term.

Naturally, this had prompted doubts over Dybala’s long-term future in Turin despite insisting that he’s got no problems with Ronaldo in the team. Among the rumoured clubs interested were Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

Shortly after Allegri announced his departure from Juventus in May, however, Dybala seemingly did a U-turn by declaring plans to remain a Bianconeri player next season.

And Giannichedda, who starred in the Juventus midfield between 2005 and 2007, reckons Dybala has every reason to be optimistic about the upcoming campaign thanks to Sarri’s arrival.

“Dybala is a great player and champion, clearly with the arrival of Ronaldo he did not do what he had done the year before because the Portuguese is a centralizer,” the 44-year-old told Radio Bianconera.

“Playing with him is not easy for another striker. Dybala has suffered, but with Sarri, in my opinion, he can have a role in the next championship.”

Meanwhile, Giannichedda also spoke on rumours linking Inter Milan outcast Mauro Icardi to Juventus this summer.

The one-time Serie A player of the year is on the lookout for a new club after being told by Inter that he’s no longer a part of their plans.

But Giannichedda can’t see Juventus signing Icardi unless they are willing to offload another attacker.

“Icardi? I think there would be too many in front of him. If Icardi should arrive, someone should leave,” he said.

Icardi has scored 121 goals in 219 Serie A matches for both Inter and Sampdoria since 2013.

At 26, the former Barcelona youth player still has plenty to offer clubs from across Europe. Although it’s unlikely Juventus will be one of them after Inter’s chief executive Giuseppe Marotta ruled out a trade deal involving Dybala.

OFFENBACH, GERMANY – APRIL 15: Head coach Giuliano Giannichedda of Italy smiles prior to the U20 international friendly match between Germany and Italy at Sparda Bank Hessen stadium on April 15, 2014 in Offenbach, Germany. (Photo by Thorsten Wagner/Bongarts/Getty Images)