Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has stated Paulo Dybala's importance to the side in the wake of reports linking the forward to Manchester United.

Argentine playmaker Dybala is contracted to the reigning Serie A champions until 2022 but has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

The 29-cap international has been somewhat subdued this season, only scoring two from 12 games and not yet recording an assist.

But Pirlo, who won four straight titles with Juventus as a player, underlined his importance to the side.