Barcelona midfielder Pedri has told his club not to worry about his involvement at the Tokyo Olympics and has moved to assure the Catalan giants he can cope with his hectic schedule.
The 18-year-old has been named in the Spain squad for the tournament which starts later this month and will follow on from his involvement at Euro 2020 where he’s been a key player under Luis Enrique.
Barca have reportedly told the RFEF they are unhappy with Pedri being called up for the Olympics, following a season where he made 52 appearances for the club, but the Catalans’ complaints aren’t expected to make any difference.
Pedri’s now spoken about the issue and says he’s quite happy to play at the Olympics and has played down fears about tiredness and potential burnout.
“Luis de la Fuente spoke with me before coming to the Eurocup. He called us to see if we were willing to go to the Games. We talked about what it would be like if we reached the final of the Eurocup and he explained to us how it was going to be.
“Football for me is not a problem. I’ve already been there for nine days and I rested a bit before coming. If you rest well between games, I think I’ll be fine. If you recover well and rest, you have the strength for whatever comes. And eating well, which is also very important.
“I understand that Barça called the RFEF because I have been in a lot of games. It is difficult to be in their position but I tell Barça from here that I will be rested to play it and face it all.”
Source | Sport
Spain play a Euro 2020 semi-final against Italy on Tuesday and victory will propel the team into the final at Wembley on Sunday against either England or Denmark. If Spain do go all the way it will mean virtually no break for Pedri before heading out on Olympic duty.