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Paulo Dybala: Barcelona interest was only a rumour

Thursday September 1 2016

Paulo Dybala insists there was never any chance of him joining Barcelona as he “always said” he’d stay at Juventus.


The forward had a stellar first season in Turin, leading to rumours he could make a quick exit to Catalonia this summer.


“Barça’s interest was only a rumour,” Dybala told Radio Metro951 in his native Argentina.


“I always said it was right to stay in Turin. I wouldn’t like to be fourth-choice striker there.”


Dybala was also asked about some of this summer’s new signings, including his compatriot Gonzalo Higuain, as well as the Olympic games in Rio.


“Since Dani Alves has been there, there’s been a bit more music, but only at the right times. We have a very serious dressing room.


“That story about Higuain’s mega-house was a lie. He lives near to me in a normal apartment. He didn’t take the insults on social media well so I decided not to broach it with him.


“The Olympics? I wanted to go to Rio, it was a bit of a disappointment. I tried to convince Juve that it was important for me to represent my country, but they all reaffirmed to me that my physical condition would have suffered.”


Finally, the former Palermo man was asked about the Champions League draw, which will see him reunited with Rosanero teammate Franco Vazquez, who is now at Sevilla.


“I called Vazquez right away. I told him I’m going to nutmeg him!”

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