Massimiliano Allegri is unsure whether Paulo Dybala will remain at Juventus beyond the end of this season after he scored in a 2-0 win over Salernitana.
Dybala’s fifth-minute strike beat Luigi Sepe at his near post to set the Bianconeri on their way to a routine win, extending their unbeaten run to 16 Serie A games and keeping them within seven points of leaders Milan.
He has now scored eight league goals for Juventus this term, more than any other player (Alvaro Morata also has eight), but the 28-year-old has recently been linked with a move away from Turin.
The Argentine’s contract with Juventus is set to expire at the end of the season, and he was reported to have clashed with Allegri over the Bianconeri’s training schedule earlier this week.
Speaking after Dybala starred against Serie A’s bottom club, the Bianconeri boss was unsure whether he would remain at the club.
“I don’t know if he will be a Juventus player or not,” Allegri told DAZN. “That’s why there is the club, with which I am absolutely in line.
“It is not just Paulo who is about to expire his contract, there are also [Juan] Cuadrado, [Federico] Bernardeschi, [Mattia] De Sciglio.
“On my part and on the part of the team, there is only the will to do well now. I give evaluations of the players, but then there are also contracts and many other things to see.”
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Dybala’s goal represented his 113rd for Juventus in all competitions, placing the 28-year-old joint-10th in the Bianconeri’s all-time goalscoring charts alongside Federico Munerati.
Despite being unsure as to where the forward’s future lay, Allegri was adamant that the pair have maintained a positive relationship.
“The relationship with Dybala and all the other players is good,” the Bianconeri coach added.
“There are disagreements, exchanges of opinions, and I am quite direct in things. The players have to perform on the pitch, and they have to know that they have my respect, regardless.
“Paulo arrived as a child from Palermo, then he grew up and became a great player.”
Dybala was joined on the scoresheet by Dusan Vlahovic after 28 minutes.
The Serbia international’s 21st Serie A goal of the campaign put him level with Adem Ljajic as the second-highest goalscorer from his nation in Italian top-flight history; his tally of 48 putting him just three behind Dejan Stankovic (51).
Allegri was keen to emphasise the importance of Vlahovic at the spearhead of his attack, but said the league’s leading marksman still had room to improve.
“He played a good game,” Allegri said of the 22-year-old. “He’s an important point of reference, then he comes back and covers.
“Like everyone, I talk to him often, he needs to improve a lot on the cleanliness of the game. He knows this, and we are working on it.”
Juventus have taken 35 points from their last 15 league games to give themselves an outside shot of the Serie A title, having taken just 24 points from their first 15 this season.
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