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ESPN FC  By ESPN

Paulo Dybala says joining Juventus an important step in career

Juventus summer signing Paulo Dybala said that joining Massimiliano Allegri's Serie A champions was an important step in his career.

The 21-year-old Argentine made his comments during his unveiling at Juventus, where it was announced that he will wear Andrea Pirlo and Zinedine Zidane's No. 21 shirt. 

"I want to follow in their footsteps," Dybala told fans.  "The day I heard Juventus were interested in me my mind was made up. I said straight away that I wanted to join this club for lots of reasons. One is that I like to win in everything that I do. And I think Juventus are the perfect team to be at if you want to win things. 

"It's an amazing thing being here with the shirt I dreamed of wearing for so long. The shirt number is my age and it's also a shirt that has been worn by great players such as Zidane and most recently by Andrea Pirlo. They're players who have made history and I'd like to follow in their footsteps.

Dybala did well at Palermo in during the 2014-15 Serie A season, triggering a race between top European clubs to secure his long-term future.

Juventus came out on top in the pursuit, tying him down to a five-year deal worth €32 million.

Dybala said he hopes to help the Scudetto and Coppa Italia holders go one further in 2015-16 by conquering Europe next season.

"Playing for a great club like Juventus represents an important step for me," he told reporters. "The first-team competition here means you can never ease off, which is a motivation and keeps you on your toes.

"It's the perfect club to start winning things in my career. I've been here a couple of days and it's a big change for me. I hope I'm able to develop into a top player here."

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