August 15, 2022

Dybala will leave Juventus this summer after seven years with the club

Paulo Dybala couldn’t fight back the tears as he bid farewell to Juventus supporters at the Allianz Stadium on Monday night.

Juve’s 2-2 draw with Lazio was their final home game of the season and, for Dybala, the last time he would play for the club on their own turf.

The Argentine has spent seven years with the club and looked set to extend his stay in Turin beyond the end of the season when he appeared to have agreed a new deal midway through the campaign.

Juve, however, withdrew the offer, meaning the 28-year-old is poised to leave on a free this summer. Dybala confirmed he will be leaving recently, despite insisting he wanted to remain at the club.

After full-time, he was clearly distraught at having played for the Bianconeri for the last time, wiping tears away with his shirt.

Dybala announced his departure on Instagram on Sunday

Dybala had been withdrawn in the 78th minute of the game, drawing a huge ovation from the Juve supporters as he left the field.

“It is difficult to find the right words to greet you, there are so many years and so many emotions involved, all together,” he said in an emotional Instagram post on Sunday.

“I thought we would have been together even more years, but fate puts us on different paths.

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“I will never forget everything you made me experience, every game, every goal.

“With you I grew up, I learned, I lived and I dreamed. It has been seven years of magic, 12 trophies and 115 goals that no one will take away from us. Never.

“Thank you for supporting me in difficult times. Thanks to those who have accompanied me over the years: from the first to the last, from the fans to the people who work within the club, everyone, coaches and teammates, employees and managers.

“Wearing this important jersey together with the captain’s armband has been one of the greatest pride of my life, which I hope to show to my children and grandchildren someday.”

Chiellini also set to depart

The night also marked Giogio Chiellini’s final appearance for the club. The veteran defender was substituted in the 17th minute – one minute representing every year he has played for the club. Before leaving the pitch, he handed the captain’s armband to Dybala.

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