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Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has slammed Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, sayingthat he is not worth the money he is demanding to sign a new deal and that he "sh*ts himself" when put under pressure.
Juve head coach Andrea Pirlo has attempted to play down talk of the Argentine's exit, saying last month that "champions like him are always fundamental in strong teams."
The 27-year-old has reportedly demanded €10 million (£9m/$12m) per season in a new contract, which hasn't gone down well with Cassano.
"All his coaches atJuventusdid not consider him necessary, so I wonder if he is a champion or a great player,"Cassanosaid in a discussion on the official Twitch channel of former Italy forwardChristian Vieri.
"For me he is not a champion, he does not make the difference. He has scored good goals, like I saw Antonio Di Natale and Lorenzo Insigne do. But if you want to takeJuventus' No.10 shirt, you have to be at a higher level.
"I have the feeling that, when they put pressure on him, he sh*ts himself!
"And then he asks for €10mper season?Oh, please!"
Dybala found the back of the net as Juventus defeatedUdinese4-1 on Sunday, with Pirlo quick to stress the striker's importance after the match.
“We need Dybala, he needs us," Pirlo said."He worked very well during the week in training, we could tell during the match that he was in better physical condition and we kept him on to the end because we hoped he would score that goal.”
Dybala could be set to play a major part on Wednesday, with Alvaro Morata ruled out of Juve's crunchSerie Aclash withAC Milanon account of injury.