Juventus’ sporting director, Fabio Paratici, has insisted that forward Paulo Dybala will remain at the club despite recent rumours linking the Argentinian with a move to Real Madrid.
Dybala, 25, has been with the Turin-based club since his £35m move from Palermo in 2015, although he has struggled this season, scoring just five goals in 28 appearances this campaign, five of which have come in the Champions League, while also providing six assists across all competitions.
As a result of his apparent unrest, Real Madrid, among other European giants including Manchester City and Bayern Munich, have been keeping tabs on the forward, although Paratici has been keen to quash rumours of Dybala‘s possible departure.
“Dybala is staying,” the sporting director said, speaking to Italian media outlet La Gazetta dello Sport.
“Only people who want to go will leave Juve. I repeat, it is difficult to find better players than those we already have.
“It is difficult. Maybe [Lionel] Messi, even with Neymar I’d have my doubts. And Dybala is someone who is always available. He plays every game.”
Juventus currently hold an 11-point lead at the summit of Serie A ahead of Napoli in second place, as the club look to win their eighth consecutive league title.
A league triumph would be the fifth overseen by manager Massimiliano Allegri since being appointed as Juventus’ manager in 2014, with Paratici keen to address rumours linking the current Juve boss with Los Blancos.
He added: “I believe he will stay. I really don’t see a better manager.”