Juventus full-back Dani Alves has told team-mate Paulo Dybala that he will have to leave the Italian club in order to reach his full potential.
Dybala, 23, has caught the eye by scoring 19 goals for Juve this season, including three in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
His goals helped the club win the the Serie A and Coppa Italia double, but they missed out on the treble after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
The forward has consistently been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer, the former of course being one of Alves’ previous employers.
Alves told Canais Esporte Interativo: “Dybala will do great things in the future.
But I think that for him to realise his full potential, to test himself, one day, I don’t know when, he’ll have to leave Juventus.”
His remarks suggest that Alves rates the standard of Italian football to be lower than other leagues, despite the Turin club having reached two champions League finals in the last three years.
Earlier this year, Dybala signed a new contract which keeps him at the Italian champions until 2022.