Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was once quoted as saying he would 'swim to Barcelona' if the Catalan giants were to make an offer for him.
This was back in 2015 when he was at Palermo and still looking for the first huge move of his career. He eventually signed with Juventus and has since exploded with the Bianconeri, but Dybala has always continued to be linked with Barcelona.
Prior to the new long-term Juve contract he signed last week, recent rumours had even claimed that fellow countryman and Camp Nou superstar Lionel Messi 'approved' of a possible summer move. That's high praise indeed if you believe the stories about just how much power and influence the five-time Ballon d'Or holds a the club.
But even though Dybala joining Barça any time soon now looks unlikely, he and Messi have reportedly exchanged words ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League quarter final clash between their respective clubs, resulting in Dybala making a promise.
It's not a promise about his personal future, though.
Don Balon claims that the 23-year-old has vowed to stop Real Madrid from winning the Champions League this season. Barça are on the brink of elimination after losing the first leg 3-0 in Turin last week, but Dybala will do all he can with Juve to ensure the trophy doesn't stay in Madrid.
Real needed extra-time to win their quarter final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night and are one step closer to becoming the first ever club to win back-to-back Champions League titles since the competition replaced the old European Cup in 1992, a feat that would see them break the long-standing 'curse'.
Juve of course beat Los Blancos en-route to the 2015 final. The Italians themselves haven't tasted elite European glory since 1996 and Dybala is keen to deliver it, especially if it comes at the expense of Real Madrid and keeps Messi happy.
Maybe he is laying some groundwork after all...
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