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Andrea Pirlo insisted that Paulo Dybala was important to him amid continued speculation about the future of Juventus’ playmaker.
Dybala, 27, is once again linked to a departure from the Serie A champions despite expectations that he will extend his stay at Juve, where he is hired until 2022.
The Argentine international, who has been linked to Manchester United, missed Saturday’s 4-0 win over Parma with a thigh injury.
When asked if Dybala was important to him, Juve coach Pirlo told reporters: “Absolutely. Champions like him are always fundamental in strong teams ”.
Pirlo is hopeful that Dybala can return on Tuesday, when Juventus host Fiorentina.
“I train all the players. Dybala is one of them. His behavior is great, “he said.
“Unfortunately, he had this little injury, and yesterday he tried to force it, but he was worried he would hurt himself even more. We hope to have him back on Tuesday.”
Juve are third in the Serie A table, one point behind leaders Milan, who visit Sassuolo on Sunday.