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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Paulo Dybala misses Dani Alves and Paul Pogba, hints at Juventus exit

Massimiliano Allegri defended the form of Paulo Dybala after the striker missed key penalties in recent weeks.

Juventus star Paulo Dybala says he misses playing with Paul Pogba and Dani Alves, and admitted he could look to leave the club in the future.

Dybala, 24, has scored 42 goals in Serie A since joining Juventus from Palermo in 2015. He spent one season with Pogba before the Frenchman returned to Manchester United, and the next with Alves, who joined Paris-Saint Germain this summer.

Without them, Juventus' run of six Serie A titles is under challenge this season with the club trailing both Napoli and Inter Milan in the table, and Dybala spoke fondly of his former teammates.

"I must admit I miss Dani Alves and Pogba," Dybala told France Football. "Alves has an amazing vision and is really self-confident, he is one of the best players I've ever seen. Pogba is a friend of mine, we were on very good terms on and off the pitch."

Paul Pogba and Paulo Dybala played together at Juventus in the 2015-16 season.

Dybala's close ties to Pogba led to mounting speculation last week that he could join his friend at United, and Dybala left the door open for a possible move.

"I can't promise I will stay at Juventus forever," he said. "It does not depend on me but I don't even want to say that this will be my last season here. I want to win everything now, football is strange you never really know what will happen in the future."

Dybala has long been compared to his Argentine compatriot Lionel Messi, but he said isn't concerned with stepping into his boots.

"I'd like to battle it out with Neymar for the Ballon d'Or but he is closer to that achievement than I am," Dybala added. "I need to work to improve and win trophies.

"I've always admired Ronaldinho but Messi is like Maradona for me. It's a honour to play alongside him in the national team. I don't feel the pressure of being the new Messi, it's not a bad thing for a footballer, it only depends on how you take it."

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