After being named in Luis de la Fuente’s squad for the Olympic games in Tokyo, Barcelona’s teenage sensation Pedri Gonzalez has been at the centre of attention ever since he donned the Blaugrana colours at the beginning of last season.
Since then, it seems as though no manager can ever get enough of the little Canarian’s contributions. With his immaculate technical talent, impeccable attitude and incredible professionalism and work rate, he has been involved in everything for Barcelona and now for his national team as well.
Pedri has been so involved, that there have been concerns brewing at Barcelona now regarding overexertion and fatigue. Him playing so much at just 18 years of age has its pros but it is also worrying. So much so, that there were reports stating that Pedri be excluded from the Olympics squad, but the supposed requests were to no avail.
Speaking to El Pais, Pedri took it upon himself to clarify that there is no need to worry and that he is enjoying his time on the pitch to the fullest.
“I’m not tired of playing so many minutes and games. I love to play football like any other. The [Olympic] Games are a dream for everyone. The more games I play, the better,” said the young midfielder, clear that he wants to play at the Olympics.
“I used to do athletics when I was a kid. It has helped me to improve my stamina a lot. I was never the fastest on short distances, but I was on the longer distances,” he added about his remarkable fitness.
On playing for Luis Enrique’s Spanish side, he said: The football we play with the national team is somewhat similar to that of Barcelona in the sense of having the ball and expressing ourselves. It’s the football that I have watched since I was little and a style that I like.”