Paulo Dybala is poised to renew his Juventus contract while the club view him as a captain for the future.

La Joya was a step away from leaving the Bianconeri last summer as the club looked set to sell him to Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur, but his refusal to move prevailed.

La Gazzetta Dello Sport report that Dybala’s performances this season, both as a starter and from the bench, convinced both coach Maurizio Sarri and club management that Juve cannot do without him.

For this season, the club had already developed the idea of extending La Joya’s contract by at least another year or two, before the league was postponed due to the Cornavirus pandemic.

La Joya is the youngest of Juve’s strikers and after Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s the most decisive player for the team, making the highest contribution, as shown in recent performances.

Informal and frequent contacts between his agent Jorge Antun and chief football Fabio Paratici are expected to lead to more formal negotiations to extend Dybala’s contract and increase his salary to a reported €10m per year.

Juventus view Dybala as a ‘bandiera’ for the club and hope that in the long-term, he will wear the captains’ armband, similar to club legend Alessandro Del Piero.