Andrea Pirlo has called on Paulo Dybala to start training like Cristiano Ronaldo if he wants to be a permanent fixture in Juventus' starting XI.
Dybala has been linked with a move away from the club after failing to cement down a first-team place since Ronaldo's arrival, with his former club president at Palermo saying he 'could leave in January'.
But now Pirlo has added his voice to the debate and believes there is a chance Dybala could get back in the side if he trains like their new talisman.
DYBALA'S JUVENTUS STATS
Appearances - 142
Goals - 68
Assists - 25
'If Paulo starts training like Cristiano Ronaldo, it'll be tough to leave him out,' Pirlo told Tuttosport.
'If I was still playing, I'd choose the Portuguese player more than Messi,' the Italian legend continued.
It has been a difficult start to the season for Dybala who has played just 100 minutes across the three Serie A matches so far.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo's £100million summer arrival, the Argentine has been reduced to a bit part role.
That has led to rumours that the 24-year-old could leave, with the Palermo president, Maurizio Zamparini, claiming it could happen as soon as January.
'Two years ago, I sent a message to Paulo and I advised him to move to Spain. I told him, 'go there, where football is played but don't stay in Italy',' Zamparini told RMC Sport.
'Sooner or later, he will do that because I believe that Juventus want to pocket the money from his sale so I'm convinced that he will leave the club in January.'
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