Dani Alves has told Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala that he must leave the club at some point in order to fulfil his potential.
The Independent relayed his comments, which he made to Brazilian TV station Esporte Interativo: "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' previous club, Barcelona, are said to be interested in the Argentinian as a potential long-term successor to compatriot Lionel Messi.
Dybala, 23, has emerged as one of the top young talents in world football in recent years, and he enjoyed another excellent campaign with the Bianconeri last season, notching 19 goals and nine assists while playing a supporting role for Gonzalo Higuain.
In his two seasons at Juventus, the forward has showcased his remarkable talent—he boasts tremendous vision and intelligence, backed up with the technique to make the most out of those attributes.
His magical left foot is something to behold, per Squawka Football:
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Paulo Dybala has now scored 46 career goals in Serie A; 45 of them have been with his left foot. Sweet like chocolate. 🍫 https://t.co/BbGx5oKTfb2017-5-27 17:42:09
Dybala showed off his ability during Argentina's 1-0 friendly win over Brazil earlier in June, per Argentinian football expert Roy Nemer:
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Dybala cutting Brazil open and Di Maria hits the post. All that started with Argentina playing out the back with some sharp passes.2017-6-9 10:19:41
In Juventus, he already enjoys an excellent platform to continue his growth into a world-class talent and win plenty of silverware.
The Old Lady have dominated Italian football of late, having won six Serie A titles in a row—a trend that looks set to continue unless their rivals can significantly improve this summer—and they've also reached two UEFA Champions League finals in three years.
However, Juve were comfortably outclassed 4-1 against Real Madrid in this year's final, with Dybala noticeably nullified, which perhaps hints there is still another level for him to climb.
While Alves is unlikely to be advocating for him to move to the Spanish capital, Barcelona—even if they did have a disappointing 2016/17 campaign—are also in Real's bracket.
Juventus won't thank the right-back for his comments, but the point he's making is understandable.
For the time being at least, though, Turin is an excellent place for Dybala to be playing his football.