World Cup winner Paulo Dybala says he has no clue about his future at Roma ahead of their European League tie with RB Salzburg.
The 29-year-old Argentinian forward left Juventus on a free transfer for Roma on a three-year deal last year, but has been linked with Manchester United recently.
Dybala has impressed at the Giallorossi this term, netting 11 goals and providing seven assists in 21 appearances.
However, he reportedly has a €12m (£10.7m) release clause in his contract which could be triggered by clubs outside of Serie A, with Dybala not hosing down the United speculation.
“When it comes to my release clause, as I said before it’s something between my agent and the club,” Dybala told reporters. “I can’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the year.”
Roma boss Jose Mourinho has also been the topic of speculation lately despite being under contract until 2024.
Dybala hopes Mourinho will remain with the club and is keen to win a trophy under a coach who he calls ‘one of the best managers in the world’.
“I don’t know what’s in my future so you think I have any clue on the manager’s future? You need to ask him,” Dybala said.
“I can say that I would like to be coached by him because for me he is one of the best managers in the world. I want to win something with him.
“Right now I only think about tomorrow’s game. We have to do well because there are still plenty of games to play. As I always said I want to lift a trophy with Roma.
“We have two competitions mathematically to play but realistically maybe just this one to win something. We want to win it and let Roma playing in Champions League next season.”
“We’ll have to be ready to fight…”
Paulo Dybala ahead of #SalzburgRoma#ASRoma #UEL pic.twitter.com/PD93kQBIML
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 15, 2023
Mourinho downplayed Roma’s chances of lifting the trophy, saying it will be tough with Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus all involved.
“When I talked about sharks coming from the Champions League I referred to teams built to win Champions League but have ended up playing in Europa League,” the Portuguese said.
“It’s clear that for a team with ambitions to win the Champions League when they find themselves in this competition, they have a lot of pressure on their shoulders.
“Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus… these teams were not built to win the Europa League but to win the Champions League.
“Obviously, all the pressure is on them. Just like it was last season in the Conference League where we felt the pressure to be one of the most successful teams in the competition. Now they are in this position. Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, they are the favourites.”
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