Paulo Dybala confirms he won’t go to the Olympics with Argentina, as Juventus “are aiming to win the Champions League”.
The young forward has been included on the preliminary list for Rio 2016, but the Bianconeri are under no obligation to release him, as the Olympics isn’t a FIFA tournament.
“I’ve talked to the club, the directors and the Coach [Max Allegri],” Dybala told Tyc Sports.
“They considered all the circumstances, we are aiming to win the Champions League so they want everyone to have a good pre-season.
“Last season we didn’t have a good pre-season, and throughout the season there were 40 injuries. That’s why they want everyone to be available for the training camp.”
Argentina play Chile in the Copa America final on Monday, and Dybala will be watching.
“Argentina have a strong team, better than all the others. We can’t lose the final on Sunday [1am Monday in the UK].
“Lionel Messi? He’s an example in every sense. He’s my idol, and it’s the same for many young Argentinians.
“Being Argentina’s number 9 isn’t easy, there’s a lot of competition, but of course I want to be there.
“Juventus have given me the opportunity to play a little further back and have more of a free role, but Tata Martino has told me he sees me more as a pure number 9, so I’ll try to earn my place.”