‘We have him here next season’: Andrea Pirlo sniffs speculation about Paulo Dybala’s future

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‘We’ll have him here next season’: Andrea Pirlo sniffs speculation about Paulo Dybala’s future as the under-attacked Juventus boss hopes praise for ‘important’ Argentine forward

  • Paulo Dybala’s contract with Juventus expires in the summer of 2022
  • Andrea Pirlo has reaffirmed that he wants to keep the Argentinian forward
  • Dybala made his return to Serie A after an injury by scoring a vital goal against Napoli
  • Juventus may have to sell some major stars this summer amid their financial troubles

Andrea Pirlo appears to confirm that Paulo Dybala will stay with Juventus next season, despite reports of his future in Turin.

The Argentinian’s contract expires in June 2022 and with the Serie A giants facing financial troubles this season, the 27-year-old could be a player to cash in on the Old Lady this summer.

Italian news center Corriere dello Sport claim Juventus should raise £ 85m to balance their financial books by the end of June, but Pirlo has come out to declare his party’s desire to keep the attacker beyond the expiration date of his contract.

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo (left) has stated that he wants to keep Paulo Dybala (right) at the club

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo (left) has stated that he wants to keep Paulo Dybala (right) at the club

The 27-year-old's deal will come to an end in the summer of 2022 amid Juventus' financial troubles

The 27-year-old's deal will come to an end in the summer of 2022 amid Juventus' financial troubles

The 27-year-old’s deal will come to an end in the summer of 2022 amid Juventus’ financial troubles

Pirlo told his press conference ahead of Juventus ‘game with Genoa on Sunday:’ I’ve always said that Dybala is an important player and unfortunately I haven’t had him that well at my disposal this season.

Let’s look to the present, because it is more important than the future. He still has a year on his contract, so we’ll have him here next season. Dybala is a player who makes the difference.

‘I really hope to be able to use Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata and Dybala together one day. I can say that it is likely that Dejan Kulusevski will start (against Genoa). ‘

A knee injury picked up in early January limited Dybala to just 17 games in all competitions for Juventus this season, with the 27-year-old starting most of those games.

Dybala (right) marked his return to Serie A action after injury with a vital goal against Napoli

Dybala (right) marked his return to Serie A action after injury with a vital goal against Napoli

Dybala (right) marked his return to Serie A action after injury with a vital goal against Napoli

Dybala dramatically returned to Serie A action during the week by coming off the bench and scoring the crucial goal in Juventus’ 2-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday night.

The Argentinian, who won the Serie A MVP award last year when Juventus won its ninth consecutive Scudetto title, has almost left the Italian giants before and was closely linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer of 2019.

But Corriere dello Sport reports that midfielder Weston McKennie will be one of many first-team stars to be put on the Old Lady’s transfer list over Dybala this summer.

Merih Demiral, Alex Sandro, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Federico Bernardeschi are the other Juventus players who can be used to raise money after a tough financial spell.

Juventus, led by Pirlo and owner Andrea Agnelli (left), announced losses of £ 99 million this season

Juventus, led by Pirlo and owner Andrea Agnelli (left), announced losses of £ 99 million this season

Juventus, led by Pirlo and owner Andrea Agnelli (left), announced losses of £ 99 million this season

The Turin club announced losses of just under £ 100 million for the first six months of the 2020-2021 season – more than double their losses last year this time – mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of income on match days due to empty stadiums.

Juventus stars agreed to forgo four monthly wages totaling £ 80 million to help club finances amid the coronavirus crisis between March and June last year. Their highest earner is Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for £ 496,000 a week.

In their mid-season financial statement for this season, Juventus predicted financial losses are expected to continue.

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