Lionel Messi joined PSG on a two-year deal.
The Catalan giants has lost their most coveted star in the club’s history due to their inability to meet La Liga’s wage restrictions.
Dest has just spent only one season with Messi at Camp Nou and has enjoy his time with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“I was shocked a little bit because everyone wanted him to stay at the club,” Dest said on the eve of the new LaLiga season, which will be live on ESPN+.
“He’s the best player in the world. It was a shock for everyone — we wish he could have stayed. Unfortunately, he couldn’t.
“At the training ground and on the pitch, you see unbelievable things. You see how he scores those goals. What you see on the pitch is the same, even when you’re that close. It’s unbelievable to see him like that.
“We all have him in our hearts. It’s Messi. It just feels weird because he played for so long at this club, almost his whole life, and suddenly he had to leave. But we have to focus on the new season.
“We’ve got some work to do because with Messi it is easier, he’s the best player in the world. But I think if we play collectively and keep the chemistry high, we can achieve a lot.”
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