Tottenham target Paulo Dybala told to ‘stop imitating Lionel Messi’ as Francesco Totti pledges to try Jose Mourinho’s Roma next season


Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has encouraged outgoing striker Paulo Dybala to ‘come to his senses’ and stop trying to emulate Lionel Messi.

The Argentine will leave Juventus when his contract expires later this month after a successful seven-year spell in Turin.

Dybala leaves Juventus at the end of the month
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Tottenham target Paulo Dybala told to 'stop imitating Lionel Messi' as Francesco Totti pledges to try Jose Mourinho's Roma next season
Dybala and Messi are international teammates with Argentina
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He leaves Juventus having scored 115 goals in 293 appearances, securing five Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia successes.

Of the 293 appearances in the famous back and white shirt, Dybala has played 221 under Allegri who returned to the club for a second term in 2021.

But he accused Dybala of trying to look too much like the ‘new Messi’ rather than developing his own game.

“Dybala needs to be himself again. There was a time when he got carried away with being the new Lionel Messi,” Allegri told DAZN.

“You cannot copy or imitate someone else. Paulo has a lot to give to football, he has extraordinary technical qualities, but he has to focus on it again.”

Dybala is yet to announce his next destination with a host of suitors eyeing a move for the Argentine striker.

Tottenham target Paulo Dybala told to 'stop imitating Lionel Messi' as Francesco Totti pledges to try Jose Mourinho's Roma next season
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Tottenham target Paulo Dybala told to 'stop imitating Lionel Messi' as Francesco Totti pledges to try Jose Mourinho's Roma next season
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is monitoring Dybala’s situation
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Inter Milan have held talks with the player’s representatives but no agreement has been reached yet.

Former Juventus boss Antonio Conte is keen to sign Dybala for Tottenham but in recent days Jose Mourinho’s Roma have been linked with a move for him.

Club legend Francesco Totti is hoping to play a part in convincing Dybala to move to the Stadio Olimpico regardless of the club’s position.

“We’ll see if we can bring him to Rome,” Totti told Sky Italia. “I will meet him on Monday and I hope to convince him.

Tottenham target Paulo Dybala told to 'stop imitating Lionel Messi' as Francesco Totti pledges to try Jose Mourinho's Roma next season
Roma legend Francesco Totti will try to convince Dybala to join the Europa Conference League winners
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“We are in Milan to [Samuel] Eto’o’s game, we’ll play together and I’ll give him advice.

“I will try to put something in his head, hopefully we will succeed. That’s if the Roma are of the same opinion as me.

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