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 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus' Paulo Dybala rejected Inter and AC Milan offers for Turin move

Paulo Dybala has revealed how he turned down Inter Milan to join Juventus last summer, and does not regret it for a second.

Argentina international Dybala moved to the Bianconeri from Palermo, whose president Maurizio Zamparini recently revealed he had been forced to refuse a more lucrative offer from AC Milan because the player had his heart set on moving to Turin.

Inter Milan were also on his trail, even before Juve had opened negotiations, but Dybala said he only ever wanted one move.

"Before I came to Juventus I spoke with [Inter coach] Roberto Mancini," Dybala told Sky Sport Italia. "I thanked him for his call, but I always wanted to join Juve because they are the best team."

Paulo Dybala & Mario Mandzukic
Paulo Dybala is Juventus' top scorer and has been in sublime form since his summer move from Palermo.

Dybala comes face-to-face with the Nerazzurri in Serie A this weekend, with Juve looking to consolidate their position at the top of the standings with another win over the side they beat 3-0 in the Coppa Italia earlier this month -- and whom they face again in the second leg of that tie next week.

Those fixtures also pit Dybala up against Mauro Icardi, who he still hopes to play alongside one day, if not on a club level.

"He's Argentinean too, so who knows if we may have the pleasure of playing together for our national team one day," Dybala said. "He's playing well and I'm happy for him."

Icardi says he is happy too, despite reports that he has been unsettled by the January arrival of Eder at Inter

"I've had a few offers, but I want to stay here and lift trophies with this club," he said on "I'm the captain and I want to achieve great things with Inter. I've always shouldered my responsibility ever since I joined the club and I think the fans appreciate that."

Those fans would also appreciate a win in the Derby d'Italia on Sunday night, and Icardi hopes to deliver.

"We have to give it our best shot," he said. "We always set out to win and anything can happen once you get out there, but you need the right mentality."

The same will be the case three days later, even if Inter have a mountain to climb after losing 3-0 in Turin.

"We'll give it a go on Wednesday in the second leg too," he said. "It's going to be very hard, but we have to fight till the end.

"Just look at what happened between Liverpool and AC Milan in the Champions League final. Liverpool turned it around in just a few minutes and we have 90 to play."


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