Juventus director Maurizio Arrivabene insists Paulo Dybala is being treated the same way as every other player whose contract is running down, while they won’t get Anthony Martial from Manchester United ‘at those figures.’
The Coppa Italia Round of 16 tie with Sampdoria kicks off at 20.00 GMT.
Arrivabene’s comments about Dybala sparked controversy last week, with La Joya responding by not celebrating his goal against Udinese, instead glaring into the stands towards Arrivabene and Pavel Nedved.
So when the director arrived at Sport Mediaset for his pre-match interview, the question was natural.
“You always expect the team to play well and win, especially when playing on home turf,” said Arrivabene.
“Honestly, I saw a great Juventus move with an excellent Kean assist after Arthur move and Dybala finish. I was told afterwards about this incident, but I am not going to comment on the reactions of players. I was too busy celebrating the goal.”
Dybala said the meeting has been postponed by the club until at least next month, so why is it taking so long?
“I said previously that we would talk about it in February. It’s not just Dybala, there are also contracts to be discussed with Cuadrado, Perin, European Champion Bernardeschi and also De Sciglio. We already said there will be the time to talk to them all, including Dybala.
“I don’t think anyone will come in and try to sign them as free agents. We have an excellent rapport with them, they are very close to Juventus and we will calmly do what’s needed in February.
Arrivabene was also asked about a reported approach to Manchester United for Martial on loan.
“Not at those figures, no. We aren’t even going to discuss it at certain figures.”
It’s reported Manchester United want Juve to not only cover Martial’s salary for six months, but also pay a large fee to take the France international on loan.