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Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo plays down Dybala exit claims

Manchester United have been linked with the Argentina international, but Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo says the attacker is “fundamental” to his plans.

Andrea Pirlo does not want to lose Paulo Dybala anytime soon because he considers him important to his plans for the future.

Asked if Dybala was important to him, the Juve boss told reporters (as per GOAL): “Absolutely. Champions like him are always fundamental in strong teams.”

Pirlo is hopeful Dybala can return for Tuesday’s game between Juventus and Fiorentina.

“I train all the players. Dybala is one of them. He [sic] behaviour is great,” he said.

“Unfortunately, he’s got this little injury, and yesterday he tried to force it, but he was worried he would hurt himself even more. We hope to have him back on Tuesday.”

Dybala, 27, has been linked with a move away from the Serie A champions for the best part of two years. He is contracted to Juventus until 2020.

Manchester United are a club who are never too distant from Dybala rumours. He would be a good fit if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants that type of player to replace Paul Pogba should the Frenchman leave Old Trafford in the summer.

Only two days ago ESPN suggested that Juventus would include Dybala in a swap deal for Pogba.

But a priority for Solskjaer needs to be addressing another issue in midfield.

I would much prefer to see Pogba sold and a defensive midfielder signed.

Dybala is a brilliant player but so are Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes.

Read more: Former Man United manager Van Gaal criticises Solskjaer over tactics

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