When Juventus had a mini-flurry of contract extension announcements, one where the club locked up one of their best players (Leonardo Bonucci) as well as one of their best prospects in years (Daniele Rugani), there was one question sitting on everybody’s tongue. “Yeah, okay, so when will Paulo Dybala get his contract extension?” It was something we figured would happen, but we didn’t know when.
We could very well be reaching the end point now.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday morning, Juventus and Dybala have, at long last, agreed to a contract extension through the 2020-2021 season. That contract extension, one that has been talked about for what seems like the entire 2016-17 season, will see Dybala’s annual salary go into Gonzalo Higuain territory at €7.5 million — tied for joint-top with his countryman and the highest a player at the club has ever received in-season.
An announcement could come as early as today. You know, the same day that Juventus faces Napoli in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals.
Out all the players that have been rumored to be in line for a contract extension, Dybala has almost certainly atop the list when it comes to the most deserving of one. Even with rumors of a potential move to Barcelona or Real Madrid or some other place where he would cost somebody a whole lot of money, Dybala has never wavered when it comes to where he wants to be. And that’s at Juventus.
Signing Dybala to a contract extension won’t mean the transfer rumors suddenly disappear. Lord knows that they only got more and more frequent in the months after Paul Pogba signed his deal and then moved onto Manchester United. The good thing is that Dybala isn’t appearing in commercials and turning social media into a one-man marketing campaign. Go ahead and check out Dybala’s Twitter page. You’ll find a guy who is a pretty good teammate and somebody who quite likes being at Juventus.