Paulo Dybala may have come to Roma, in part, because of José Mourinho's gravity as manager, but the Special One's departure doesn't mean Dybala will follow him out the door, at least not according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Much was made of the decision to sack Mourinho the day after Dybala's paltry €12 million release clause expired, but a simple expiration day wouldn't necessarily guarantee that Dybala would remain in Roma colors for the foreseeable future.
With so much of Roma's attack contingent on Dybala's performance, losing La Joya could have disastrous effects for the Giallorossi, particularly if they cannot augment the squad on the transfer market. So when Dybala's €12 million release clause lapsed on January 15th, Roma fans could at least breathe a sigh of relief for the remainder of the season.
But what about 2024 and beyond? Would Dybala commit himself to the Giallorossi during another transitionary phase for the club?
Well, according to today's Gazzetta, the answer is an emphatic yes. The GdS reports that Dybala intends to see out the remainder of his contract with Roma, which expires on June 30, 2025. Taking it a step further, their report suggests that Dybala is open to extending the deal into 2026. However, negotiations aren't likely to begin until Roma has a new Director of Sport in place.
Even if he's only available 60% of the time, Dybala remains Roma's most important attacking player, so this is undoubtedly welcome news. And in even cheerier news, Dybala has recovered in time for this weekend's tilt against Hellas Verona, Daniele De Rossi's first at the helm.
And with whispers of a slightly modified attacking formation, Dybala should have more help in the final third, as he'll be closely bound to Romelu Lukaku and Lorenzo Pellegrini at the tip of DDR's formation.
If Roma can manage Dybala's health effectively, there's no reason to think he can't remain a critical piece of the puzzle as he enters his early 30s, and this could be the first step in a fruitful partnership going forward.