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Pedri admitted to being ‘shocked’ the first time he saw Messi

Thu 18 March 2021 | 18:03

The Blaugrana youngster talked about the experience of playing next to the Argentine and the speculations about Messi’s future as he recalled his first encounter with the 33-year-old star.

Pedri

talked about his hope of seeing

Lionel Messi

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“for several years”

at Camp Nou as the speculations about the latter’s future with

Barcelona

continue to emerge.

Messi, who will be out of contract at the end of the season, is yet to reveal his plans for the future, but the Catalonians hope that with the election of Joan Laporta as the club’s new president, the Argentine will decide on extending his stay.

Pedri recalling his first encounter with Messi following his departure from las Palmas, told

El Club del Deportista

:

"The first day I saw Messi I thought it was a lie.”

“When I was next to Messi, I was very shocked to see him. It was like being on television or a video game, I almost didn't believe it.”

“Playing with Messi is easy because when you give it to him you know that things are going to happen. And that's what I try to do, give it to them in the best positions so that it is the most beneficial for the team."

Later adding on Messi’s future, Pedri said:

“I hope I can be close to him for several years. It would be great if I could continue to enjoy playing with Messi and learn many things alongside him.”

Since his arrival at Camp Nou, Laporta has made it his mission to extend Messi’s stay with the Blaugrana and even though

Manchester City

and

Paris Saint-Germain

have expressed their wish to sign the player, many believe that there is still a possibly that the Argentine will stay at Barcelona after all.

With the recent positive changes seen at the club and the presence of youngsters such as Pedri,

Riqui Puig

,

Ansu Fati

, and

Ilaix Moriba

on Barcelona’s squad alongside the rumors of signing Messi’s compatriot,

Sergio Aguero

, in the upcoming season, the Blaugrana boardroom are pretty convinced that they can still convince the club’s all-time-top-scorer into staying.

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source: SportMob