We sit here all of about six months out from Paulo Dybala signing a contract extension with Juventus that runs all the way until the end of the 2021-22 season. With the signing of that contract, not only did Dybala move up to being one of Juventus’ highest-paid players, but also one of the biggest earners in Serie A as he also emerged as one of the most valuable young players in the world.
However, just because Dybala has signed a new deal that saw him get a handsome raise in the not-so-distant past, it doesn’t mean that Juventus’ front office, namely director general Beppe Marotta, is suddenly resting easy over Juve’s No. 10’s status and happiness in Turin.
At least that’s something he addressed this weekend.
Beppe has spoken, so now you read the following:
“The lad is priceless, because we are not a selling club,” director general Marotta told La Stampa newspaper.
“I always repeat that a player has his future in his hands and Paulo just said he wants to tie himself to our club for life.
“Translated, that means we will make another big financial sacrifice to keep him. We will soon lock him down to a new contract – it’s what he asked us for.”
(Source: Football Italia)
I guess there are a few different ways to look at this...
- Paulo Dybala may not be “priceless,” but his value must be absolutely insane right now with how he’s started the current campaign.
- Marotta is telling the 100 percent truth and there not only is an effort to sign Dybala to an even longer — and more expensive deal — contract, but the actual hope and possibility that he stays in Turin for more than just a few more years.
- A lot of folks are growing tired of the “We’re not a selling club” line that Marotta has trotted out the last few years even as the likes of Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Leonardo Bonucci have left the club in recent years.
- This is all just a bunch of hogwash to get our hopes up and think that Dybala is going to remain the centerpiece of this team for the next decade or so.
There are different directions to go, sure, but who considering we’re just going off of what Marotta has said. And what Marotta is saying, at least right now, is that Dybala wants to be a part of the long-term project and vision this club has.
And if that’s the case, then you won’t see many people around here objecting to it.