Spain midfielder Pedri declared his desire to “win everything every year” after signing a new contract at Barcelona, which he believes to be the “best club in the world”.
The 18-year-old has secured new terms until the end of the 2025-26 season with a release clause of €1billion after establishing himself in the first team last term, having been initially signed from Las Palmas to play for Barcelona B.
Pedri featured in a club-high 52 games across all competitions in 2020-21 and played the seventh-most minutes (3,529). The teenager also completed the fifth-most opposition-half passes of any Barcelona player in LaLiga (1,100).
The young midfielder has also impressed for Spain, with nobody completing more passes ending in the final third at both the Tokyo Olympic Games and Euro 2020 – making 117 in Japan and 177 in his first senior major tournament.
A Copa del Rey with Barca and a silver medal in Tokyo remain Pedri’s only team honours so far, but the youngster is convinced he is in the right place to earn major silverware, despite the difficult financial situation the Blaugrana find themselves in.
“My hope is to be here for many years, it is a difficult moment but it is the best club in the world and it is going to get up and achieve great things,” Pedri said.
“I’m at the best club in the world and I want to aspire to win everything every year. Thank you to the president and the club and I hope [I will be here] will be many more years.
“They have all made me improve and grow as a footballer and hopefully many more dreams will come.
“It is true that everything has happened very quickly but thanks to these three people, my mother, my father and my brother, they help me to have the feet on the ground and give me advice. I am very grateful to them for everything.
“While at Barça you can dream of winning titles, this club is the biggest in the world and when I won the Copa del Rey I felt a lot of happiness, I can’t put it into words.”
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 15, 2021
Pedri has also been nominated both for the Golden Boy award and the Ballon d’Or, marking his meteoric rise since arriving at Camp Nou last year.
“[The Golden Boy nomination] is a prize for the work of the season and the fact that Gavi is there is a pride for Barca, which has many talented young people and I hope we can do great things,” Pedri said.
“I don’t have to decide [who wins the Ballon d’Or] but I would give it to Leo [Lionel Messi] for all that he has helped me, he is the best in the world.”
Pedri also insists he is unfazed by the enormous release clause inserted into his new contract, focusing instead on the length of the deal and his ambitions for the years to come.
“[The release clause] is an image of what the club is betting on for me,” Pedri said. “I really want to add great things to this club and I prefer the years and the project that are more important to me than the clause.
“I leave the responsibility aside when I enter the field. I take it as I really want to go back and show the confidence they have given me.”
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