Reports in Argentina suggest that Paulo Dybala is annoyed by Juventus’ decision to review their contract offer and he will now speak to other clubs over a possible summer move.
La Joya’s contract in Turin expires at the end of the season and for so long it seemed that his extension was a matter of inevitability. Reliable sources reported that the player had agreed to extend his contract until 2025.
But any expected announcement hasn’t been forthcoming and the delay has many Juventini fearing the worst. Ahead of Juve’s 4-3 victory at Roma on Sunday, club CEO Maurizio Arrivabene told reporters that Dybala “has to earn his place” before adding on Wednesday that the Argentine “must realise the weight of the #10” at Juventus.
Arrivabene’s comments suggest that a deal with Dybala over an extension is far from agreed upon.
Paulo Dybala will not sign his contract extension under the new conditions according to reports in Argentina
According to Gianluca Di Marzio (via @emaxstatman), Juventus recently delayed the finalisation of Dybala’s extension to overview the figures. The club are keen to rework the deal that includes a decreased fixed salary with increased bonuses.
That would suggest the club have been spooked by the player’s injury woes over the past 12 months. The Argentine playmaker missed much of 2020/21 with a knee injury and he’s missed plenty of game time this season thanks to three separate issues.
Juve’s change in tack is understood to have annoyed Dybala, per TyC Sports reporter Cesar Luis Merlo.
Merlo writes that barring a “radical change in his situation”, Dybala will not renew with the Bianconeri. He’s upset with the club’s decision to alter their proposal and he’s now willing to speak to other clubs over a potential summer move.
Massimiliano Allegri, meanwhile, had little to add regarding Dybala’s future. He told reporters (via Fabrizio Romano) after Juve’s gut-wrenching defeat in the Supercoppa: “I’m happy with Paulo. His contract situation is managed by the club, not by me.”
This situation could start to unravel in the coming weeks, and it might not be the good news many of us were expecting.