Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala explains why he left Juventus for Roma

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Dybala is a Roma player
Dybala is a Roma player / Gualter Fatia/GettyImages
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Paulo Dybala has denied that money played a role in his Juventus departure, with the new Roma forward claiming that he exited for footballing reasons.

Back in March it was announced that Dybala would be leaving Juve at the end of his contract this summer and he had seemed set to join Inter, until I Giallorossi swooped in to secure his services.

The Argentine was unveiled as a Roma player on Tuesday and, during a press conference, he opened up on the process of departing the Allianz Stadium.

"I think the director [Maurizio] Arrivabene was very clear in his statements: we had an agreement to sign in October, then [the club] asked to wait," he explained.

"After March we received the news that I would not be part of the project in the future: it was not an economic problem, but it was the club that made another decision together with the coach. I told them that if this was their choice it wasn't a problem for me."

Dybala was also asked about his prospective move to Inter, which Nerazzurri CEO Giuseppe Marotta admitted fell through for financial reasons.

"Did I feel betrayed by Marotta's words? Since the contract with Juventus ended, my agents have talked to many teams: I have a very nice relationship with Marotta, I have not felt betrayed," he added.

Dybala went on to address Roma's chances of winning the Scudetto this season.

Jose Mourinho's side finished sixth last time out, while also winning the inaugural Europa Conference League, and the forward conceded that clinching the Serie A title was probably beyond them this term.

"I think it is too early to talk about the Scudetto, there is a great desire on the part of everyone: Roma won a very important trophy last year to have more ambition in the future," he said.

"They have grown a lot in recent years thanks to the players they are arrived with Mourinho. Our goal is to win game after game: I think there are teams ahead of us for the Scudetto."

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