Juventus star Paulo Dybala has spoken out about the frustration of being heavily linked with moves to Manchester United and Tottenham during the summer transfer window.
It was reported toward the end of the window that Dybala was going to be part of a swap deal with former United striker Romelu Lukaku, who has since moved to Inter Milan.
Both Juventus and United are thought to have agreed to the swap but Dybala’s heart wasn’t in a move to Manchester.
When that transfer fell through, Tottenham then moved in for Dybala, who once again turned down the chance to play in the Premier League.
Spurs were close to agreeing a £65million deal for Dybala, but the Argentine’s hesitance, his wage demands and a complex issue to do with his images rights scuppered the transfer.
And now the 25-year-old has spoken about the whirlwind summer he endured, one which nearly saw him leave the Italian champions.
“It wasn’t an easy summer,” Dybala told Italian publication Corriere della Sera.
“Hearing your name linked to every team and every place, where you don’t want to go, isn’t a nice thing.
“But this is football, even if before the transfer window opened I said: ‘I want to stay here.’
“I think it was more important to let the pitch do the talking, even if until the last day no-one knew what would happen.
“I wanted to stay, I wanted to play here and continue my career at Juve. I think I can still give a lot and I showed a glimpse of that against Inter.
“I feel less weight on my shoulders and very calm mentally. I was convinced that with Sarri, I’d start to have fun, work and prove what I’m worth. And that’s what I’m trying to do.”
It was thought that new Juve boss Maurizio Sarri was one of the driving forces behind Dybala’s potential exit from Turin.
The ex-Chelsea boss is said to have had doubts about Dybala’s style of play for how he wanted Juve to set up.
Dybala also explained the difference between Sarri and Massimiliano Allegri, who left the club in the summer following five years in charge of the Old Lady.
“Sarri and Allegri have different ways of playing, and it shows. With Allegri we did so many things, but I think we play a bit more attacking with Sarri and we play the ball more,” he said.
“After that, of course, we’ll have to see what happens during the season. My goal was important, for the team and I, to score at that moment, for how we got to the game.
“They’d never lost in the League and now we’re the only unbeaten team in Europe: when it comes to Juventus, sometimes you need to have a bit of respect.”
Dybala has scored once this season for Juve as they sit top of Serie A by one point, with Antonio Conte’s Inter close behind in second.
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