Paulo Dybala has admitted he expected to stay at Juventus longer ahead of his final home match representing the Serie A giants.
Dybala is out of contract in Turin at the end of the season. It has long been known his deal will not be renewed. In turn, he has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Admittedly, staying in Serie A seems more likely for the forward. He is supposedly a target for Juventus’ great rivals Inter Milan.
But he must still focus on his duties for Juventus for two more matches. They have a home game against Lazio on Monday, which will be Dybala’s last. Then, there will be a final farewell away at Fiorentina on Saturday.
Writing on Sunday, one day before his last home game, Dybala has confessed he did not initially expect to be leaving Juventus so soon.
There have been no hints as to his next destination, but the Argentina international has given some insight into his current state of mind ahead of his move.
“It is difficult to find the right words to say bye to you,” Dybala wrote on social media. “There are so many years and so many emotions all together.
“I thought we would have stayed together a few more years but destiny has led us down different paths.
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“I will never forget everything you gave me; every match, every goal. I have grown up, learnt with you. I have lived a dream.
“It has been seven magical years with 12 trophies and 115 goals that no one can ever take away. Ever. Thank you for supporting me during the difficult moments.
“Thank you to those who have been with me these years: from the first to the last, from fans to the those within the club, everyone, managers and team-mates, staff and directors.
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“Wearing this important shirt alongside the captain’s armband has been one of the biggest prides of my life, which I one day hope to show my children and grandchildren.
“Tomorrow will be my last match with this shirt, it’s difficult to imagine but it will be our last goodbye. It won’t be easy but will step onto the pitch with a smile and my head held high, knowing I gave everything for you.”
Dybala will depart Juventus having made more than 290 appearances for the club, with at least those 115 goals he mentioned. Whether he can add any more in his final outings remains to be seen.
After that, there will be much intrigue as to where one of the most appealing free agents of the summer ends up.