Paulo Dybala has confirmed that he will leave Juventus at the end of the season once his contract with the Old Lady expires in the summer. The 28-year-old, who has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in recent times, announced his decision to part ways with the Italian giants, via a heartfelt message on Twitter.
The Argentina international began his message to the Juventus fans by wishing that he could’ve spent more time in Turin. Before Christmas, Dybala had previously agreed a five-year extension with the Italian giants worth £6.8 million-per-year, according to 90Min.
However, Juventus reportedly moved the goalposts and offered the forward a revised contract to which he rebuffed. The Argentine, who had been appointed vice-captain at the club, continued by sending his thanks to everyone involved at the club ahead of his final outing against Lazio on May 16.
His farewell message read: “It is difficult to find the right words to greet you, there are many years and many emotions involved, all together… I thought we would be together even more years, but fate puts us on different paths.
“I will never forget everything you made me experience, every game, every goal. With you I grew up, I learned, I lived and I dreamed. It has been 7 years of magic, 12 trophies and 115 goals that no one will take away from us. Never. Thank you for supporting me in difficult times.
“Thanks to those who have accompanied me over the years: from the first to the last, from the fans to the people who work within the club, everyone, coaches and teammates, employees and managers. Wearing this important jersey along with the captain’s armband has been one of the greatest pride of my life, which I hope to show to my children and grandchildren one day.
“Tomorrow will be my last match with this shirt, it’s hard to imagine, but it will be our last goodbye. It will not be easy, but I will enter the field with a smile and my head held high, knowing that I have given everything for you.”
Despite his injury record, the forward has been one of the most coveted players in Europe. Dybala’s impressive displays have attracted the attention of Chelsea, as well as many other Premier League sides, making him hot property on the free agent market ahead of the summer.
Since arriving in Turin, Dybala’s been central to much of the Old Lady’s success lately and, more recently, relished a vice-captaincy role at the club. In February, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City were all offered the chance to sign Dybala on a pre-contract agreement, according to 90Min.
The report claimed that Paris Saint-Germain and Inter were also interested. However, the English sides were reportedly not convinced that Dybala would leave the Bianconeri this summer after Spurs were close to clinching his signature in 2019 before talks broke down over the player’s image rights.
Though, according to Calciomercato, via Football Italia, the Argentine’s agent, Jorge Antun, was in London this week to discuss a potential move with interested Premier League clubs.