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Paulo Dybala Renews Juventus Contract Until 2022 Amid Barcelona Transfer Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2017

EMPOLI, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Paulo Dybala of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and Juventus FC at Stadio Carlo Castellani on October 2, 2016 in Empoli, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Paulo Dybala has committed his long-term future to Juventus after signing a new five-year contract with the Italian champions.

News of the deal was confirmed on Thursday by the club's official Twitter account; the extension means Dybala is tied down to the Bianconeri until 2022:

JuventusFC @juventusfcen

OFFICIAL: @PauDybala_JR renews Juventus contract until June 2022: https://t.co/Xk4nDK3ZTc #Dybala2022 https://t.co/ib1lD7xUDs

B/R Football @brfootball

BREAKING: Paulo Dybala signs new Juventus contract until 2022 https://t.co/S9L9D1GMEm

The Argentina international expressed his delight at signing on for five more years. "I'm very proud and happy to be at this club," he said to the club's YouTube channel (h/t Football Italia). "It's difficult to imagine that so many positive things could happen all at once. This is a week full of special emotions for me."

The new contract will delight those associated with Juventus, as the 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club.

Per Ben Spratt of Goal, Barcelona have been tipped as possible suitors for the forward previously, although Dybala himself dismissed the speculation, saying it "does not make any sense."

Dybala also dismissed comparisons between himself and Blaugrana icon Lionel Messi ahead of his virtuoso two-goal display against the La Liga side in the UEFA Champions League. 

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"People have to know that I'm not Messi," he said to Xavi Hernandez of Marca. "I am Dybala, and I want to be only Dybala, although I understand that there are comparisons. Messi, there is only one, as there was only one [Diego] Maradona."

Juventus' forward from Argentina Paulo Dybala (R) shakes hands with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg football match Juventus vs Barcelona, on April 11, 2017 at the Juventus stadiu
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Juve swooped to secure the signature of the Argentina international in the summer of 2015, and he's been a major success.

Here's a look at some of Dybala's best moments in a Bianconeri shirt:

Per Squawka football, he's been brilliant since joining the club from Palermo:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Paulo Dybala's record since joining Juventus across all competitions: 79 games 🏃 39 goals ⚽ 16 assists 🅰️ What a signing he has been. 👊 https://t.co/hms3zUbmvq

The striker added something refreshing to Juventus' attacking play in his debut term. Sharp around the penalty area and capable of wriggling through narrow channels of defenders, Dybala quickly became a key part of the first team, netting an impressive 19 Serie A goals in the process.

With Gonzalo Higuain drafted in during the summer to play alongside the Juventus No. 21, many expected Dybala to kick on again in 2016-17. However, tasked with new responsibilities and taking a supplementary role to his compatriot, the youngster has endured a spell of transition before hitting top gear again.

Dybala has had to contend with an injury this season, too, but he's scored eight goals and secured six assists in 24 Serie A appearances.

Dybala has struck up a great partnership with Higuain.
Dybala has struck up a great partnership with Higuain.Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

The challenge for the gifted forward will be to improve and cement his status as a world-class talent.

Dybala has all the attributes to become one of the best in his position in the game, and while manager Massimiliano Allegri demanding more from him may slow things down a little in the short term, eventually developments in other areas will help Dybala become a better all-round footballer.

Juventus will be delighted one of their crown jewels will be at the club for a long time yet. As was the case with Paul Pogba, the Serie A side will be confident of harnessing the skills of Dybala in the coming years and watching him fire the team to multiple glories. 

Plus, with this new contract signed, should any side want to prise him away from the Bianconeri, it'd be a costly exercise.

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