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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2017

Paulo Dybala has committed his long-term future to Juventus after signing a new five-year contract with the Italian champions.

News of the deal was confirmed on Thursday by the club’s official Twitter account; the extension means Dybala is tied down to the Bianconeri until 2022:

The Argentina international expressed his delight at signing on for five more years. “I’m very proud and happy to be at this club,” he said to the club’s YouTube channel (h/t Football Italia). “It’s difficult to imagine that so many positive things could happen all at once. This is a week full of special emotions for me.”

The new contract will delight those associated with Juventus, as the 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club.

Per Ben Spratt of Goal, Barcelona have been tipped as possible suitors for the forward previously, although Dybala himself dismissed the speculation, saying it “does not make any sense.”

Dybala also dismissed comparisons between himself and Blaugrana icon Lionel Messi ahead of his virtuoso two-goal display against the La Liga side in the UEFA Champions League. 

“People have to know that I’m not Messi,” he said to Xavi Hernandez of Marca. “I am Dybala, and I want to be only Dybala, although I understand that there are comparisons. Messi, there is only one, as there was only one [Diego] Maradona.”

Juventus' forward from Argentina Paulo Dybala (R) shakes hands with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg football match Juventus vs Barcelona, on April 11, 2017 at the Juventus stadiu


Juve swooped to secure the signature of the Argentina international in the summer of 2015, and he’s been a major success.

Here’s a look at some of Dybala’s best moments in a Bianconeri shirt:

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