The 20-year-old admits that when he arrived at Barca’s training ground for the first time since joining from Ajax in October, he wasn’t nervous as it “was a really, really great experience because my dream came true.”
“I just saw him and I was talking English to him but he was talking Spanish back so it didn’t work out.
“It’s still really special to play with him and to see his face all day. It’s really special because he’s one of the best to ever play this game.”
Although Dest’s time in Spain has just begun, Messi’s future at Barca appears more uncertain. The 33-year-old sent a letter in the summer indicating that he would like to leave the Catalan club.
But if there is a chance that the club’s record goalscorer might extend his stay at the club, Dest confesses he’d be “very happy with that.”
“It’s just an honor to play with him. I’ve always wanted to play with him for as long as possible. He’s just unbelievable. If he’s staying, I’m very happy with that,” added Dest.
But since then, Neymar has indicated he’d like to link up with Messi once more.
Dest says he would wholeheartedly sign up for playing in the same team as Neymar — if the opportunity presented itself.
“I’d like to play with all the big players,” he explained. “Neymar is also incredible with his skills, his technique, so it’s a nice player to watch. He brings entertainment to the field. If it’s possible, I’d like to play with him.”