Despite the release clauses in his contract, Argentine forward Paulo Dybala is only thinking about staying at Roma. La Joya arrived in the Italian capital last summer amid much fanfare and has proven to be vital to the Giallorosso’s aims to play in the Champions League next season.
La Gazzetta dello Sport report that the contract Dybala signed last summer gives him a couple of ‘escape clauses,’ one to stay in Italy and one to go abroad, but right now Dybala is thinking ‘only of Roma and, above all, he only wants Roma.’
There is a variable linked to the clubs potential non-participation in the next Champions League, a ‘detail that in theory could lead him to reflect on his future,’ but right now it’s just a ‘a detail’ and the idea of him leaving Roma is ‘light-years’ away.
La Gazzetta write that La Joya is ‘convinced to go ahead with a project that sees him, together with Mourinho, at the center of everything.’ Even if qualification for the Champions League doesn’t arrive, ‘Roma and Paulo do not feel at all cut out of the race’, as the Giallorossi could yet qualify through winning the Europa League, where they are now in the semifinals against Bayer Leverkusen.
The newspaper states that ‘everyone in the Capital has fallen in love with La Joya’ and consider him a key player for this current campaign, and next season, with both the ownership and the fans, having ‘finally found a champion with whom they can identify.’
The question of the Argentine’s contract and the two exit clauses remain to be resolved, however Dybala’s recent interview with DAZN cleared the field of doubts and clarified the his desire to stay at Roma.
Gazzetta suggest the departure of coach Jose Mourinho may be a potential reason for Dybala to reconsider his stay with Roma, but also suggest that Giallorossi owners the Friedkins are keen to keep the Special One at the helm, and may even offer him an improved contract.
The other doubt is the release clause, which is valid for other Italian clubs. Again, Gazzetta suggest that the top clubs in Serie A that could afford Dybala would likely have other priorities and may not be able to afford his salary, regardless.
Finally, the release clause for foreign clubs may be a factor, but once again, the newspaper suggests that there are few clubs that would want a player with La Joya’s unique characteristics, which fit Roma so well.