Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with a move for Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala during the closing days of the summer transfer window.
The BBC reported that Spurs were in talks with the Italian giants to bring the striker to North London, only for the Old Lady to pull out of the transfer on deadline day.
Dybala joined Juventus from fellow Serie A side Palermo in 2015 for what has proven to be a bargain £25million.
Manchester United were also credited with a firm interest in the Argentine but pulled the plug on talks due to his wage demands (BBC).
The 25-year-old has now claimed that had no desire to leave Juventus during the summer and didn’t appreciate being linked with other sides.
He scored his first Serie A goal of the season at the weekend when Juventus beat Inter Milan 2-1.
He told Corriere Della Sport: ‘It wasn’t an easy summer,’
‘Hearing your name linked to every team and every place, where you don’t want to go, isn’t a nice thing. But this is football, even if before the transfer window opened I said: “I want to stay here.”
‘I think it was more important to let the pitch do the talking, even if until the last day no-one knew what would happen. I wanted to stay, I wanted to play here and continue my career at Juve.
‘I think I can still give a lot and I showed a glimpse of that against Inter.
‘I feel less weight on my shoulders and very calm mentally. I was convinced that with Sarri, I’d start to have fun, work and prove what I’m worth. And that’s what I’m trying to do.’
The news that Dybala wants to remain with Juventus will certainly come as a blow to many Spurs fans who may have harboured a hope of a January deal.
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