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Pepe Mel tells Barcelona to let Pedri have fun

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The teenager is already making waves at the Camp Nou

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Pedri’s former boss, Pepe Mel, has offered Barcelona a little bit of advice on how to handle the 17-year-old starlet.

The new arrival has already made an impact at the Camp Nou, scoring his first goal for the club on his Champions League debut against Ferencvaros.

Mel, who coached Pedri at Las Palmas last season, says the best way for the teenager to develop is to simply enjoy himself out on the pitch.

“He is a natural talent. He made his debut with me when he was just 16 years old in the second division, if you let him have fun, he will grow a lot. Surrounded by that cast of stars, I am sure he will grow more.”

The Las Palmas boss also went on to tell a story about how Pedri could have ended up at Real Madrid after he spoke to Los Blancos about the youngster’s talent.

He addied: “I told Madrid about Pedri but the bravest was Barça, they took him and they’re going to enjoy him.”