Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala has responded to the transfer speculation linking him to Tottenham earlier this summer – admitting that he always wanted to stay with the Italian champions.
The Argentine midfielder, who scored in Juventus’ 2-1 victory at title rivals Inter Milan on Sunday which saw them move to the top of the Serie A standings, was heavily linked with moves to both Spurs and Manchester United.
Tottenham were reportedly close to reaching an agreement to sign the 25-year-old for £65million on transfer deadline day back in August, but his wages and complications with his image rights meant Dybala ended up staying with Juventus.
But Dybala said that he never considered leaving Juve.
“It wasn’t an easy summer,” Dybala told Italian publication Corriere della Sera.
“Hearing your name linked to every team and every place, where you don’t want to go, isn’t a nice thing.
“But this is football, even if before the transfer window opened I said: ‘I want to stay here.’
“I think it was more important to let the pitch do the talking, even if until the last day no-one knew what would happen.
“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.”
Dybala is currently on international duty with Argentina preparing for their friendlies against Germany in Dortmund tomorrow and then Ecuador in Alicante on Sunday.
And the midfielder has been hanging out with a familiar face as you can see in the photo below.
Naturally I get excited… 😳
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