Thursday April 2 2020
Dybala: 'Some didn't want Juve pay cut'

Paulo Dybala has confessed that some members of the Juventus squad did not want to take a pay cut at first, but captain Giorgio Chiellini took a proactive role.

Juve’s first team won universal praise after they accepted waiving their salaries until June, but Dybala admits there was some resentment prior to an agreement being reached.

“In the end we accepted, it was the right thing to do,” he told AFA Play.

“Captain Chiellini held talks with President Agnelli, then he put the matter to the team.

“There were different opinions during our team chat: some agreed, others didn’t because they were only a few games away from activating bonuses. In the end, we accepted.

The forward had tested positive for coronavirus, but he has since made a full recovery.

“At first I didn’t understand what it was, I had a headache. The doctors only prescribed us vitamins, but I got tired very quickly: I couldn’t train, after five minutes I was already out of breath.

“Now I feel much better, I’m no longer showing any symptoms, as aren’t my teammates Rugani and Matuidi.

“It’s something that affects you mentally. We were afraid at first, but now we’re fine.”

Finally, the 26-year-old was asked about his superstar teammates for club and country.

“Ronaldo might come across as a show-off, but he’s fantastic and very approachable.

“As for Messi, maybe I should’ve explained better that sentence about the difficulty of playing with him. I’d like to have given more for Argentina.”

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