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Paulo Dybala has revealed there were “conversations” with Manchester United and Tottenham over a move to the Premier League last year. However, he didn’t want to leave Juventus without proving his worth to the club.
The 2018/19 campaign Dybala finished with a career-low five goals and four assists to his name from 30 appearances. That lead to question marks over his future. But he chose to fight for his place at the Allianz Stadium instead of entertaining the advances of Premier League duo United and Spurs.
Dybala told CNN: “It was more or less last year at this point when Juventus didn’t want to count on me, didn’t want me to continue playing here. That’s when I was contacted and there were some clubs that were interested in me. Among those were Manchester United and Tottenham.
“I think for a long time there were conversations, then Paris Saint-Germain also appeared. I did not speak directly to any of them, but there were conversations with the clubs. However, my intention at the time was to stay. I hadn’t had a good year or a positive last six months, so I didn’t want to leave with that image because I think I had given the club a lot of nice moments and i wasn’t fair that I went like this.
“So I also communicated that my intention was to stay, work to grow and give my best here. Obviously it was not easy because Juventus’ intentions were different, but after the market closed, there was no more time and with the arrival of [Maurizio] Sarri I grew a lot. The team started playing football much better and that made me stay and I’ve had a great year until today.”