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Pedri talks Messi, Luis Enrique Garcia, Spanish national team



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The past year has been an eventful one for Barcelona prodigy Messi. Returning from a loan spell at Las Palmas, the midfielder, 17 at the time, found himself thrust into the first-team at Camp Nou by Ronald Koeman and he quickly established himself as an integral member of the side.

In his first season with Barcelona, the teenage midfielder went on to make a total of 52 appearances across all competitions, bagging four goals and six assists in the process. On the back of his breakthrough campaign, the 18-year-old also earned a call-up to the Spain national team and has been a regular starter for La Roja at the ongoing UEFA Euro 2020.

Speaking in an interview with RAC1, Pedri opened up on his selection to the national team for the Euros, saying: “It’s the second call-up and I didn’t know if I would have the weight of being a starter. I want to try to enjoy those minutes and contribute as much as possible to the team.”

Pedri also expressed his gratitude the Spain national team manager Luis Enrique for the faith that the former Barcelona boss had shown in him. “Luis Enrique? From the first day he has given me a lot of confidence and has bet on me,” the 18-year-old said.

From national football, the conversations steered to club football, with Pedri being asked what he thought of the transfer business that Barcelona had conducted so far, to which he replied: “Signings so far? Very good players of a high level are arriving and that’s very good for Barça, because it generates competitiveness.”

The former Las Palmas ace spoke in particular about defender Eric Garcia, who arrived this summer on a free transfer from Manchester City. “Eric García? I like him a lot. I have a good relationship with him. He’s a centre-back with incredible ball output,” the teenager said.

Pedri was then quizzed about the contract situation of his Barcelona captain Lionel Messi. The 34-year-old superstar’s current deal expires in a few days, with there being no announcement over a renewal as of yet. However, the 18-year-old sounded hopeful that the Argentine will be staying put at Camp Nou.

“If it were up to me, I would sign him, but it’s something he has to say and what he decides will be good for him and the club. I hope he stays,” the Barcelona midfielder said.

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