Paulo Dybala: It would be 'very nice' to play with Messi at Barcelona

The Argentine would be open to a move to Catalunya, especially if it means playing alongside his compatriot

1:50pm on Tuesday 9th June 2020
Martin Macdonald

Paulo Dybala has admitted it would be 'very nice' to have the opportunity to play alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

With just 18 months left on his Juventus contract, there has been increasing speculation that Juventus could cash in on one on Dybala if no renewal can be agreed upon.

Juve look to have limited funds to spend this summer and may have to sell players before they can spend, and with the Argentine one of their most valuable assets, they may assess the situation if there was sufficient interest.

Barcelona have been one of the teams mentioned as a possible destination, and Dybala is open to the idea of moving, even if he is happy at Juve - for now.

"The truth is that Barcelona are a huge team and with Messi they are even bigger," Dybala told CNN.

"It would be very nice, but Juventus is also an incredible club, very big, full of history, where there are currently great players.

"There's enough quality here to make two teams and the chance to play with [Gianluigi] Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo, who make the club even bigger."

Dybala also provided an update on his contract situation, confirming there has been no further progress made in the midst of the current pandemic.

He added: "For now there is nothing, really.

“I have a year and a half left on my contract, which is not much, and I understand that with all that has happened [coronavirus] it isn't easy for the club, but other players have also renewed, so we are here waiting.

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"Obviously I am a player of this club and I am happy to be here. People love me very much and I love the people very much. I have great appreciation for the club and the people who are here, I have a good relationship with my president and surely at some point they will come to chat – or maybe not, I don't know.

"At some point maybe there may be some possible renewal, but it depends on Juventus."

The Serie A is set to recommence for league leaders Juventus on 22 June when they face Bologna, with the title race still very much alive, with Lazio in second and Inter in third.

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