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Del Piero: ‘Dybala could stay at Juventus for life’

October 6, 2017

Alessandro Del Piero believes Paulo Dybala could stay at Juventus for the entirety of his career if he wants to and also reflects on his time at the club, insisting he didn’t hesitate to go to join the Bianconeri in Serie B.

Speaking in a lengthy interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Ale’ discussed Dybala and his impact this season having taken over the ’10’ shirt at Juventus.

“I’m so happy,” Del Piero told Gazzetta.

“The 10 wasn’t really my property: before me Robi Baggio, Sivori and Platini had worn it. And now there’s a superstar who has everything to stay at Juve for life, if he wants to.

“He’s raised his level even further at the start of this season, he’s doing exciting things. I’m not just talking about goals, I’m talking about how he can decide matches when he turns it on. He also has rare moral qualities.

“I hope he can find what I did in Turin, because no-one can enter the hearts of the fans like him.”

Del Piero discussed his time at the club and the unfair demotion to Serie B in the Farsopoli scandal.

“It was a wonderful journey, I loved and love this shirt as a part of me. My debut, the first Scudetto, the Champions League… I couldn’t choose just one moment.

“And after the first year I was going to go to Parma! I don’t even know all the details of the negotiation, I just know at a certain point Marcello Lippi said it was fine to have this kid as the fourth striker.

“Serie B? The whole of 2006 was a crazy year. We came back from the World Cup to find ourselves in B without knowing why.

“It’s enough to look at the teams from the 2006 World Cup final to see that Juve disappeared in the space of one summer. Everything went over my head, without me being able to do anything.

“When the club asked me what I wanted to do though, I didn’t hesitate for a second. I was the captain of a team I felt was part of me, and with which I had won everything.

“I felt the need to set an example and accelerate the reconstruction. The circle closed in 2012: six years after that earthquake, Juve returned to winning the Scudetto.

“And I was able to end a certain type of football with a last, unexpected title.

“Life is made up of moments and Juventus have a really clear structure today, made up of really good directors.

“I’ve had the chance to meet Andrea Agnelli, we’ve clarified things and today I can say calmly that there’s no bad blood between us.”

[Translation from Football Italia]

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