NEWS
Tuesday November 21 2017
Dybala: ‘Juve for life? No promises…’

Paulo Dybala “won’t make any promises” about staying at Juventus for life, but says it’s “an honour” to wear the number 10 shirt.

The forward was given a new contract by the Bianconeri earlier this year, and general manager Giuseppe Marotta has stated in the past that he wants to keep La Joya forever.

“I won’t make any promises, especially since it’s not just down to me,” Dybala told France Football.

“At this moment though I’m not saying: ‘this is my last year, I’m going’. I think about the present and all there is to win.

“The club suggested I play in the number 10, it’s an honour. In modern football we don’t know what the future will be, we had striking examples of that this summer.”

Dybala has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or, and he was asked if he sees a challenge between himself and Neymar once Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi retire.

“Yes, it would be a nice challenge! Messi and Ronaldo have done incredible things, but Neymar is very close to their level, he has a chance for the next Ballon d’Or.

“As for me I’m waiting, I’m working to reach that level and win personal trophies.

“When I was little, after school, when the summer came we’d gather around a camp fire. One time, we each made a wish.

“Me, I said I wanted to be the best player in the world, and therefore win the Ballon d’Or.”

The Bianconeri reached the Champions League final last year, but were beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid...

"We were convinced we could win," Dybala sighed.

"We had a great start to the first half, then they scored with their first shot on target, we equalised and we had chances...

"It's hard to explain, sometimes we play too deep and if you do that against the great teams you'll suffer.

"The second half was strange, I felt powerless. The disappointment is still intense.

"We had an incredible journey [to the final] we only conceded three goals and then we conceded four in the final.

"It was a great season, the fruit of a lot of sacrifice, but that final erased everything."

Dybala was also asked about Dani Alves, as well as French international Paul Pogba.

"Dani Alves? I miss him because of the way he was, and his play. He's one of the best and I improved with him, he went onto the pitch with such assurance.

"A magisterial full-back who could play in my position thanks to his great vision of the game. I miss him.

"As for Pogba, we had a real understanding on the pitch, and we were very friendly off it.

"He was important, he drew two or three players to him and opened up the space."