La Joya opened the scoring in tonight’s 2-0 victory over Udinese in Turin, but notably refused to celebrate, instead aiming a pointed glare into the stands towards the Bianconeri directors.
This further fuelled the speculation that Dybala is furious with the club hierarchy for their critical comments and the delay over signing his new contract.
The Argentina international will be a free agent when the current deal expires on June 30 and he could well walk away as a free agent.
Dybala spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle and his mood remained frankly tense.
“I think we played well, we must try to be more consistent after scoring goals, as too often we score and then start to defend more, become afraid of attacking, and we can’t keep doing that.
“We are Juventus, of course we are in the running for the Champions League spots and must try to win. We don’t play good football, that is not our strength, so we need to focus on hunger and trying to run harder than anyone else.”
Dybala was asked about the intense glare he sent towards the stands rather than his usual celebration. Was he sending a signal to the club directors over his contract?
“I invited a friend and couldn’t see him. There are many people up there watching and I couldn’t find him.”
Should we believe you?
“I don’t know, that’s up to you. There have been a lot of stories, and many things happened that I prefer not to talk about.”
Dybala has been linked with Tottenham, Barcelona and Juve’s arch-rivals Inter.
The Argentina international also spoke to DAZN after the game and aimed a very specific jibe at director Maurizio Arrivabene.
“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I am at the disposal of the coach and the club. My contract? The club said we’ll talk about it in February.”