Many would have hoped to Paulo Dybala in the United States this summer with the Argentina squad hoping to lift the Copa América but instead the 22-year-old is enjoying some relaxation in his home town of Laguna Larga near Córdoba.
On Wednesday evening, Dybala spoke at the opening of a branch of his old club Instituto in Laguna Larga and promised those in attendance that he would return to the club where he began his career.
“I’m going to return to Instituto because I carry the club in my heart,” said the Juventus and Argentina striker.
“I promise to come back, I don’t know when but I say in front of everyone that I will return.”
Dybala came through the youth ranks with Instituto before making his debut at seventeen and breaking Mario Kempes’ record as the youngest ever goal scorer. However, his time with the senior side was brief and after just 40 appearances and 17 goals, the teenager was signed by Serie A side Palermo for around €12 million.
La Joya’s early promise appears to have come to fruition as the 22-year-old starred in Juventus’ most recent league and cup double and while he may not be in Gerardo Martino’s Copa América squad, Dybala remains a central part of Argentina’s future.
Martino hopes to call upon the services of the talented youngster for the Olympics but at present it would seem Juventus will rebuff any requests that he participates in Rio de Janeiro.