Maurizio Sarri admits Paulo Dybala could still leave Juventus in the transfer window

David Cooper 11/08/2019
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Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala’s future at Juventus remains unclear after boss Maurizio Sarri suggested the Argentine could depart as he looks to trim his squad down.

The 25-year-old was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League as Tottenham and Manchester United were both in talks to sign the forward.

However, the close proximity to the English transfer deadline scuppered a switch to Spurs while United pulled out of a swap-deal involving Romelu Lukaku when it became clear Dybala was not keen on the transfer.

It’s left the Argentina international in an awkward spot with Sarri looking to offset his summer business by trimming as much as six players to meet Champions League requirements.

“I can talk with him but the market goes in a certain direction and what I say counts for zero,” Sarri said after Dybala returned to action for Juve in their 2-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid.

“Six players must be cut [and could also be sold] depending on the market.

“I would like to keep all of them but our problem is that we do not have players who have grown up within the club – we have only one. So our squad for the Champions League must be 22 players with three goalkeepers and this puts us in difficulty because the market dictates we may have to make choices that we don’t like.”

While Sarri was non-committal on Dybala’s immediate future, the Italian did say the forward has the ability to fit into his plans.

“He’s done two training sessions and today he played half an hour,” Sarri said.

“It’s clear he can’t be in top physical condition and the fact he’s not fit means he can’t play the false nine role.

“But I think he has the ability, and has scored the goals previously, to play there and a technically good player can play in a number of roles. When he’s fit we’ll see if he can play that role in the penalty box.”

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Polish sensation Krzysztof Piatek picks Cristiano Ronaldo as dream striking partner

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Krzysztof Piatek has been the talk of Serie A ever since he established himself as a prolific goal-scorer last season.

The Polish striker scored 19 goals for Genoa and 11 for AC Milan, taking his total to 30 goals in his debut season of Italy’s top flight.

He admitted to Gazzetta that he could not have hoped for a better start to his career in Italy.

The 24-year-old outscored his dream strike partner Cristiano Ronaldo by two goals in the league.

“Cristiano Ronaldo and Andriy Shevchenko,” replied Piatek when asked as to which player would make a dream striking partner.

“When I arrived in Italy, who would have thought that I would have scored more than CR7. But I want to improve and become top scorer. I will do everything to succeed.”

Piatek has already made a name for himself at Milan and has been presented with the iconic no9 jersey. He does not believe that the number on the back will burden him with extra pressure.

He added: “Nine is an important number for a striker, all the best have it – [Robert] Lewandowski, [Luis] Suarez, [Karim] Benzema, [Harry] Kane.

“I am happy because the club believed in my qualities, they told me that I should have the shirt, while I said that I would have fought with all my strength to get it, and I did.

“I don’t believe in superstition and this curse. For me, nine is normal, everything will be fine like with 19. It’s not scary to me.”

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Watch Inter Milan's Antonio Conte claim the Premier League is club football's biggest competition

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Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte believes the Premier League is the hardest club competition in the world as his side prepare to face fellow Serie A giants Juventus in China on Wednesday.

The two Italian sides meet in the pre-season International Champions Cup in Nanjing and it will be Conte’s first match against his former team since being appointed Inter manager in May.

Conte helped Juve to win three Serie A titles among other titles as boss, while he previously won five as a player with the Bianconeri, as well as the Champions League.

In their first pre-season match in Singapore, Conte’s side were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United thanks to Mason Greenwood’s goal. And the Inter boss admits the English league is the best.


“I think nobody will be upset if I say that the Premier League is the most important league and the most difficult competition to play and to win,” said Conte, who lifted the Premier League title as Chelsea boss.








“There are a lot of competition because there are six teams fighting for the title. I think in England is very difficult to win either the Premier League, the FA Cup or the League Cup.


“The Italian championship is growing back and that’s very important. However, I think right now the Premier League is better than any other tournament.”



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