Paulo Dybala ‘Likes’ Post Criticising Juventus And Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has fuelled speculation over his future in Turin after ‘liking’ a tweet appearing to criticise the club’s decision to replace him with Cristiano Ronaldo. Moves to Manchester United and Tottenham failed to materialise, and despite the Premier League transfer window closing, he could still depart and go elsewhere in Europe with the window closing, but his future is certainly up in the air.
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Some of the transfer dealings at Juve haven’t made much sense to some critics this summer. Ronaldo was brought in last summer in order to help the club win the Champions League, which didn’t happen, and after scoring 28 goals last season, he is looking to deliver this year. But the decisions to hire Maurizio Sarri, a manager with a completely different tactical approach to his predecessor Max Allegri, sell Joao Cancelo to Manchester City, and offer Dybala as part of a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from United, before he eventually joined Antonio Conte’s Inter, were all heavily criticised.
It now appears that the Argentine himself isn’t happy with the way things have gone, liking a tweet from a fan account, written in Italian, that read: “Dybala in Juventus in the 4 years: 172 games, 78 goals (23, 19, 26, 10) as a second striker. Allegri pushed him away from the goal, Ronaldo scored 28 goals. CR7 is 35-years-old and after? Let’s keep Paulo.”
While last season wasn’t his best, scoring just five goals in Serie A, it is likely that the change in dynamic at the club brought by Ronaldo’s arrival has hugely affected him. Juve clearly don’t value him as much as they once did, having been willing to let him go twice so far this summer. Though he is no closer to an exit having made it clear he wants to stay at the club, it is hard to see a long term relationship between the two parties. A lack of desire to make the move, as well as highly-inflated wage demands and agent fees, meant the deal to take him to United fell apart, while image rights were the downfall for Spurs.
Wherever happens next, it’ll be interesting to see. Sarri has a huge job on his hands trying to find a system that works well and quickly to avoid the end of Juve’s dominance. Keeping Dybala would certainly make sense, but he appears to be losing patience rapidly.