Dybala awaits Juventus decision to renew his contract and praises Barcelona and its captain

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Argentine footballer Paulo Dybala, Juventus striker, confirmed that his stay with the team is linked to the management of the club, praising the Spanish club Barcelona and its leader, his compatriot Lionel Messi.

Dybala has a contract with the old lady until the end of the 2021-2022 season. But he was the focus of press reports in the summer of 2019 about the desire of the Italian champion to abandon him, before continuing in his ranks with Maurizio Sari taking the reins of technical management in the summer of last year.

The 26-year-old international striker touched on his future with the team in an interview with CNN via video calling, which was broadcast on Monday.

“Obviously I am a player in this club and I am happy to be here. People love me a lot and I love people a lot. I have a great appreciation for the club and the people here, I have a good relationship with the president and certainly, at some point, they will come to talk to me, or maybe not… I do not know”.

“At some point, there may be a possible renewal, but that depends on Juventus,” he said. “At the moment there is nothing, really. One and a half years remain in my contract, which is not a long time, and I understand that everything happened (a virus crisis Corona Novelty) is not easy for the club, but contracts for other players have been renewed … so we are waiting. ”

The Argentine, who was infected with Coronavirus and recovered from it, is preparing with his team to resume the local season after the forced interruption due to “Covid-19”, in the second leg of the Italian Cup semi-final match against Milan on Friday.

“Lakhwia” (“The Jewel”) spoke about the period when Juventus was looking for a replacement.

He explained that in the summer of last year, “Juventus did not want to depend on me, and I did not want me to continue playing here. Then some clubs that were interested in me appeared,” such as Manchester United and Tottenham in England, and Paris Saint-Germain in France.

While Dybala alluded to discussions between the departments of the clubs concerned, he denied that he had spoken to any of them.

“It was my intention at the time to stay. I did not have a good or positive season in the six months before (these talks), so I did not want to leave in this way because I think I gave the club so many beautiful moments and it was not fair to leave this way “.

“So I told (the club) that it was my intention to stay and work to develop and provide my best. It was clear that it was not easy because Juventus’ intentions were different, but after the transfer period was closed, there was no more time and with the arrival of Sari I rose a lot”.

Dybala praised Barcelona, ​​Spain’s champion, and compatriot Messi. In response to a question about the possibility of defending the colors of the Catalan club one day, he said, “The truth is that Barcelona is a great team globally and with Messi becoming much bigger. It will be very impressive, but Juventus is also amazing (…) and currently includes great players,” such as Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. ”

To that, Dybala touched on the racism that Italian football suffered, especially during the last season, and its opposition is gaining additional momentum in the current period after the demonstrations against the killing of the black American citizen George Floyd at the hands of a policeman in the city of Minneapolis.

He called the Argentine to find solutions to racism inside and outside football, stressing that “Italian sanctions should be tougher.”

“Unless that is the case, then we as players will have to take the initiative so that this will not happen because we are talking about one of the biggest tournaments in the world, seen by millions, and if they see racism without taking any action, people will be encouraged and continue to do so”.

Juventus players suffered from racist supporters last season, notably Moise Kane (moved to Everton) and French Blaise Matuidi. Human rights organizations criticize the absence of firm penalties for clubs whose fans present such practices.