Juventus Vice President Pavel Nedved revealed that the financial factor played a role in not renewing the contract of Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, which expires on June 30.
When asked why negotiations to renew Dybala’s contract to Mediaset stopped, Nedved said. “It is difficult to answer precisely this question. We evaluated the player in all respects, what he presents to us on and off the field. Of course his demands (Dybala) were very high, which is right because he is a great player, but we didn’t feel ready to do that and so it makes sense for each of us to go our own way.”
Dybala, 28, joined Juventus in 2015 and won the league title 5 times and the award for best player in the 2020 season.
Reports in the Italian press suggested that Dybala would join Inter, the league champion last season, who crowned the Italian Cup by beating Juventus 4-2 after the extension last Wednesday.
In addition, Juventus defense magnate Giorgio Chiellini confirmed his departure at the end of the current season.
The captain of the “old lady” indicated that he would play the last two matches for his team in the local league before bidding farewell to the team’s supporters.
“I’ve had 10 amazing years with the team and it’s time for the young faces to take up the torch,” Chiellini told Mediaset. I did my best and I hope I made an impact.”
“On Monday, I will bid farewell to the Allianz Stadium (Juventus) in the match against Lazio, and it is 100% my decision,” the player, crowned with 19 titles, revealed.
Chiellini, 37, did not want to confirm whether he would retire permanently after leaving Juventus, saying: “Frankly, I don’t know, I have to think about it with my family. I am happy to leave Juventus while I am at my best.”
Chiellini won the local league championship with Juventus 9 times since joining in 2004 from Livorno, and his name was associated with the other central defender Leonardo Bonucci and historical goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
It is noteworthy that Chiellini, the European champion with his country last summer, will also retire from international football when Italy faces South American champions Argentina at Wembley Stadium in London next month.
Chiellini, who played 116 international matches with his country, was hoping to participate in the World Cup again before Zhao said (goodbye) to the fans, but Italy will miss the World Cup in Qatar 2022, for the second time in a row, which hastened the retirement of the central defender.