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Paulo Dybala will not rule out a link-up with Lionel Messi

In a recent press conference, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala refused to rule out a possible link up with his Argentine team-mate Lionel Messi in the future.

Dybala was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona earlier this summer after the Catalan giants were forced to sell Neymar to PSG for a world record fee of £198million and the youngster was believed to be viewed as a suitable replacement for their departed star by the Spanish giants.

The Argentine has impressed for Juventus since his move from Palermo during the summer of 2015 and one of his finest performances for the Old Lady was against Barcelona last season in the semi-finals of the Champions League as he scored twice and destroyed the hapless Barca backline on multiple occasions.

Therefore, Dybala would surely have been seen as a player who could replace Neymar by Barcelona but the Catalan side failed to lure him away from the Juventus Stadium during the summer as the Old Lady were adamant to keep hold of their prized asset.

Despite the failed attempt over the summer though, Barcelona have been handed encouragement recently after Dybala admitted that he would love to play alongside international compatriot Lionel Messi in the foreseeable future but admitted he is currently content at Juventus.

The Juve star said ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Barcelona, “He’s already my team-mate for Argentina but I’m really good at Juventus, although I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.

“I’m very happy to wear an important shirt like the No 10. Nobody said anything to me [about a Barca bid]. The club never came to me to say there was an offer on the table.

“The only thing the club said to me is that they want me to be part of this project for a long time, and I’m happy about that. As long as the club and the president [Andrea Agnelli] want me at Juve, that’s where I’ll be.”

The opportunity to move to Barcelona and linking up with the legendary forward Messi is understandably very tempting for the 23-year-old as he will get a chance to learn from his fellow countryman, who has won it all at the club level.

Dybala has been likened to Messi due to his supreme dribbling ability as well as the knack to find key passes at vital moments for his team, in addition to scoring on a regular basis.

The forward has the ability to completely dominate the game at times with his qualities on and off the ball and he would surely form a deadly partnership with Messi at Barcelona if such a move were to ever take place.

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