Juventus Director Fabio Paratici Confirms Contract Talks with Paulo Dybala

Oct 26, 2020, 2:03 PM GMT+5:30
Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala was rumoured to have been targeted by Manchester United in May | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Juventus director Fabio Paratici has revealed that the club have restarted contract talks with Paulo Dybala, less than six months after the player was linked to a swap deal with Manchester United for midfielder Paul Pogba.

Dybala has two years remaining on his existing deal in Turin, and multiple clubs, including United, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old.

Paratici has now confirmed that discussions have begun on Dybala staying beyond the end of his current deal in 2022. He told Sky Sport Italia: "We're in talks to extend Paulo Dybala's contract. He wants to stay and we want to keep him. He's part of our future. We'll continue the negotiations to find an agreement.

"It has been a tricky period because we were locked in the hotel for two weeks due to the Covid scare and not allowed to meet anyone. But we'll continue the negotiations to find an agreement."

Dybala suffered four positive coronavirus tests in six weeks in March and April, but recovered in time for the new season, and started his first match in three months as Juventus drew 1-1 at home to Verona on Sunday.

Paratici added he believes Dybala's health and injury concerns are behind him as they look to tie down the player to a longer deal. He said, "Paulo is in better shape physically now, as let's not forget that he was out for two months with a muscular injury, then had a gastrointestinal infection in Argentina.

"It's right that he now has the opportunity to start after a few run-outs. We are discussing the contract extension."

Dybala scored 11 times in 33 appearances last season and came on as a substitute in the 2-0 Champions League win at Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday.