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Barcelona don’t want Pedri heading to Olympics - report

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The youngster has been included in the Spain squad

Spain v Poland - UEFA Euro 2020: Group E Photo by Aitor Alcalde - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Barcelona have reportedly been in touch with the RFEF to request that young midfielder Pedri does not head off to the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

The 18-year-old has been included in the 22-man squad for the tournament which starts in July shortly after the end of Euro 2020.

Pedri is currently playing for Spain at the Euros and faces a frantic summer if he does end up playing at the Olympics as well.

According to Cadena SER, Barca are worried about Pedri taking part in the Olympics after his exertions at the Euros where he’s emerged as a key player for Luis Enrique’s side.

Barca have asked the RFEF to leave him out of the squad as they want him to have more rest before the start of the new La Liga season in mid-August.

Pedri was rested at the end of last season by Barca after making 52 appearances in all competition for the Catalan giants in his first season at the club. He missed the final La Liga game of the campaign against Eibar after being granted permission to take an early holiday.

Yet Barcelona’s request does not seem to have gone down too well. Onda Cero report that the RFEF want Pedri to take part and aren’t at all keen on leaving him out.