KEY POINTS

  • Juventus locked in contract extension talks with Paul Dybala
  • Dybala's injury is not likely to change Juve's mind on a new lease
  • Juventus could play remaining matches without Dybala

Juventus is not letting Paulo Dybala go, with chief football officer Fabio Paratici confirming that they are "moving forward" with talks for a contract extension with the 26-year-old.

Dybala has had an impressive season with Juventus F.C., but there is uncertainty regarding whether he can finish what he started. The 26-year-old was forced out of their match against Sampdoria due to what is suspected to be a thigh injury. Regardless of what the future holds, it seems certain that Bianconeri is keeping the Argentine player moving forward.

According to Paratici, they are already in advanced talks with Dybala about a contract extension. The current deal of the Argentine player runs out in 2022. Though that may be years away, a contract renewal as early as now is unsurprising. A reason for that is the impressive season he has had so far.

"We often speak with his entourage and we are moving forward, despite all the difficulties related to the commitments and the movement due to the games that are played every three days," Paratici told Sky Sports.

Paratici praised Maurizio Sarri for guiding the club to the league crown right in his very first season at the helm.

"Sarri has made an incredible climb in his career and he's in the place he deserves to be," he said. "He is certainly one of the protagonists of our season."

However, the club faces some hurdles moving forward. The extent of Dybala's injury will be critical heading into the Champions League.

Juve still has scheduled matches ahead against Cagliari and Roma next week. After that, the club will host Lyon in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 on Aug. 7.

It has been an impressive run for Dybala before his injury. Before the season started, he was linked to a possible move to Tottenham. He eventually stayed in Turin, and the move has turned out to be a beneficial one for Juve.

This season, Dybala has scored 17 goals, alongside 14 assists, in 45 appearances. The COVID-19 break hardly affected the Argentine forward, scoring in five straight Serie A matches.

For now, Juventus will savor its record-setting ninth Serie A title. Federico Bernardeschi and Cristiano Ronaldo accounted for the 2-0 win over Sampdoria.

Now, the club will focus on the Champions League, hopefully with key players like Dybala and Danilo Luiz da Silva ready to play.

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala said he has tested positive for coronavirus but was 'perfectly fine' Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has scored 98 goals in 244 matches for the Turin club. Photo: AFP / Isabella BONOTTO