Thursday November 15 2012
Dybala's first Palermo birthday

Paulo Dybala celebrated his 19th birthday with Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini after breaking his Serie A duck.

“I thank everyone for the birthday wishes. It is my first birthday away from home, but I am happy,” he told the official club website.

Dybala scored a brace in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria, his first goals for the Sicilians.

“I am happy with the goals, as scoring a brace is fantastic and exciting, but I am also aware we have to look forward and think about the next games.

“Italian football is different to Argentina, but all my teammates and the staff are helping me a great deal.

“We want to do well against Bologna and continue the positive streak. It is not an easy season for us, but I want to bring Palermo to the top and our qualities will emerge soon.”

President Zamparini also praised the €10m summer signing.

“I am happy with his performance, but it is important not to hype him up too much now. He needs to fly low and continue working hard,” Zamparini told Novanta Minuti.

“Paulo is a different player to Fabrizio Miccoli. He is similar to Fabrizio when he was younger, although he is also a little more agile.”