Juventus CEO Addresses Champions League Exit and Dybala Talks

Juventus chief executive Maurizio Arrivabene commented the Champions League elimination and the negotiation with Paulo Dybala. “The goal for this season was to advance past the group stage and qualify for the next edition. The defeat was unpleasant, but it does not change our plans. We have embarked on a three-year project where the financial and sporting aspects must go hand-in-hand.”

The management will soon talk with the entourage of the Argentinian attacker: “We have not made any firm decision on him yet. We had reached agreement last December, but then things changed. The capital increase was to repair the finances, not to foot the transfer market. We are making new evaluations, in particular on four parameters: the technical element, the number of appearances, the length of contracts, and the economic value of each player. The outcome of the talks will also hinge on his posture.”

Arrivabene talked to Corriere dello Sport: “We postponed the meeting because the coach wanted to fully focus on matches. I told his agent that they were free from any commitment in our last conversation in mid-December. I was frank because we would not have been able to seal the deal at the time.”

The CEO dished on Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure: “He was motivated and on point in those days, and I thought he would stay. Then he changed his mind, and everything happened quickly.” Arrivabene closed with some remarks on Juventus acquiring Dusan Vlahovic in January: “Some foreign teams were eyeing him, and so we decided to accelerate our interest. We thought we would not be competitive in case of a bidding war in the summer. We verified whether there could be the premises to acquire him. Andrea Agnelli and the board of directors signed off on the plan.”