Pirlo reveals different futures for two Juventus stars


Pirlo reveals different futures for two Juventus stars

New Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo held his first press conference on Tuesday since he replaced the sacked Maurizio Sarri on August 8 for his first shot at managing first-team football.


During the press conference, Pirlo spoke of the different paths that Argentine stars Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain will have at the club.


Firstly, he announced that Dybala, who is now 26, will stay at the club, with Juventus building most of their squad to play around him.


He claimed that "Dybala has never been on the market. For me he is an important player. As soon as he returns, he will be part of the project".


Afterwards, he confirmed that Higuain will be leaving the club.


Speaking about Higuain, Pirlo stated that "He was a great champion, a great player but the cycle is over," with Higuain now 32-years-old.


He added that they "looked each other in the eyes, we talked and we made this decision. I admire him a lot, but we have decided that the paths will separate".


Higuain has had a mixed time at Juventus, after coming to the club from Napoli for an extortionate fee of £75 million in 2016.


Whilst Higuain did manage to score 66 goals in 149 games for the club, he did face plenty of challenges, which also resulting in him being loaned out to AC Milan and Chelsea, failing to hit the mark in both spells.


Higuain revived his Juventus career temporarily last season, playing 44 games in all competitions, yet he only managed to score 11 goals and provide eight assists, being overshadowed by his team-mates in attack.