Dani Alves has said Paulo Dybala will have to leave Juventus one day if he wants to fulfil his potential.
The Brazilian full-back has risked alienating himself from his current employers by making off-beat claims that Juve is not a big enough club for a such a rising star.
Having spent just one season as teammates with the 23-year-old, Alves has said Dybala will have to move to a bigger club if he wants to rivals the likes of Lionel Messi one day.
Dybala led Juve to their sixth consecutive Serie A title last season and was instrumental in their journey to the Champions League final, scoring twice against Barcelona in the quarter-final stage of the competition.
But despite the Italian giants success in recent years, Alves feels the club is not big enough for the Argentinian.
Speaking to Brazilian television channel Esporte Interativo, Alves said: “We have talked and I told him that one day he will have to leave to improve.
“He is a jewel that will blossom. We talked so many times about it and I said one day, I don’t know when, that he will have to leave Juventus if he is to improve even more.”
Alves – who spent many successful seasons with Barcelona – is reportedly hoping for a contract extension at Juventus, with clubs in the Premier League keen on snapping him up if he isn’t handed a new deal.
It’ll be interesting to see what he gets after these revelations.