Pedri signed a new contract with Barcelona, with a release clause of one billion euros.
At the announcement conference on Friday, the 18-year-old midfielder said: “I’ve always said this club is where I want to be, I’m happy. I’ve changed a lot, Barcelona helped me in everything, both personally and professionally. I thank my family.”
The player who bid farewell to Euro 2020 from the semi-finals with the Spanish national team and won the silver in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with the Olympic team continued, “Playing in the absence of the audience is painful, the first day he returned to the Camp Nou stadium, the atmosphere was wonderful. Thankful to the coach for his confidence in me, he showed me His love from day one. I would like to send a message of support to my friends in Las Palmas who are going through a difficult time and we will try to help them move forward. I thank the president and the club and I hope to stay for many years.”
He added, “The release clause reveals how much the club bet on me. I really want to add great things to the club, the project is more important to me than the release clause. Playing for Barcelona makes you dream of titles, this club is the biggest in the world, I was very happy when we won the King’s Cup. We have players who have advantages. It’s different. It’s easy to play with people like Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Jaffe, we have great ambitions to achieve great things.”
For his part, Barcelona president Joan Laporta described Pedri’s signing as a “historic day”, noting his club’s pride in extending the player’s contract.
Laporta thanked Pedri, saying: “At Barcelona we would like to do whatever you want to continue to dream together. I would like Pedri to stay in Barcelona until he retires. He has to follow in the footsteps of great players and is on his way to that, as was the case for Xabi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. Xabi and Iniesta finished. Their careers are almost in Barcelona, and Messi enjoyed his journey for many years and presented the best moments of his career in Barcelona.”
Laporta commented on the statements of former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who said that the outbreak of the Corona virus had strongly affected the club. (see what he said)
“I see a desperate person presenting an account of the magnitude of the disaster he has done and that he is asking about,” Laporta said. “In the end, the president remains responsible for everything. Sorry, I won’t go into details.”
Then he returned to talk about Pedri, “I can tell you that it was the happiest day since I became president of the club, I was also happy when we won the King’s Cup. It is one of the happiest days in which you deserve to be president of Barcelona.”
Pedri, 18, joined Barcelona from Las Palmas in the summer of 2019 for 20 million euros.
Pedri participated with Barcelona last season in 52 games, during which he scored 4 and made 6.
Pedri wore the Spain national team shirt for the first time in March 2021 and since then under the leadership of Luis Enrique, he has participated in 10 international matches, including 6 in Euro 2020.
And he was with the Spanish Olympic team, which won the silver in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer.
This season Pedri has played 4 games for Barcelona in all competitions without scoring or assisting.