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Spurs, Man Utd target Dybala admits Juventus exit was close

Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has spoken of missing out on a move to England last summer.

Dybala admits he was "close to leaving" Juventus amid interest from Man Utd and Tottenham in the summer.

He told the Guardian: "I was close to leaving. That was in the club's thinking, I knew. Until the last minute, we were waiting."

The 26-year-old has since flourished under new boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in 26 appearances so far this season.

"I have two years left on my contract," he added. "That's not a short time but it's not a long one either. We'll see what plans Juventus have, if they think I might leave in the next market or if they want me to stay. That's a decision for the club to make. It's hard to know because things change in a second.

“But I'm here, at a club that has treated me well; I'm happy, comfortable. [Maurizio] Sarri's arrival has helped. He wanted me to stay, which gave me strength when we didn't know what would happen. I knew he could teach me, help me bring out the best in myself."

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