Arsenal-linked star explains decision to join Juventus

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Paulo Dybala has enjoyed an excellent season for Palermo in Serie A

Often linked with a move to Arsenal in the last few months by The Express, although it is not official, Paulo Dybala will be a confirmed as a Juventus player in the next few days.

He had been wrapped up in cotton wool for the last few games of the season, but made his final appearance for Palermo against Fiorentina on Sunday.

It was not a game he will remember for his performance on the pitch – Palermo lost 3-2 – but named as captain, he led his team out with pride. Reward for his excellent season.

"Juventus is the team that I wanted more, they made ​​a great effort to get me,” Dybala told Corriere Dello Sport after the final whistle. “I appreciated that very much, and is why I made ​​this choice."

Now, the 21-year-old’s objective is to settle at the Italian champions and try and help them win a fifth title, plus he will get to experience the Champions League for the first time – perhaps as holders.

"Certainly, I know that Juventus is a team with a winning mentality, they always want to win," he said. "Me too, I always play to win, I think that along with Juventus, I can win too.

“Palermo welcomed me with affection. It will be impossible to forget everything I've experienced today, all that I have lived in these three years. In Palermo I found myself very well, it will be impossible to forget this city, the fans, now, my comrades."

The signing of Dybala could see Carlos Tevez leave the Turin club early. The Argentine wants to move back to Boca Juniors, but Dybala was clear that he wanted Tevez to stay.

"No, not for me, for me it would be better if he remained, I want to learn, with him in the side would be much easier," he said.

Dybala has 13 goals and 10 assists this season, and has shown he can play as the main striker, or just off the frontman. He looks to be a great fit for the Old Lady in Max Allegri’s 4-3-whatever formation.

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