Very fit with Spain at Euro 2021, Pedri is one of the players summoned by Luis de la Fuente to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. According to the Iberian press, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) rejected FC Barcelona’s request, which did not want to release its 18-year-old midfielder.
No respite for Pedri. A real revelation of the season at FC Barcelona this season, the 18-year-old midfielder was summoned by Luis Enrique to play Euro 2021 with Spain. Highly visible with La Roja, the small Catalan midfielder fully enjoys the confidence of his coach, having decided to align him with the first four matches played during this Euro.
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“Pedri is a unique player, totally different from anything we know,” Luis Enrique praised Sunday before the 5-3 overtime victory against Croatia in the round of 16.
Performances that also caught the eye of Luis de la Fuente, coach of the Spanish Hopes, whose desire is also to be able to rely on Pedri during the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer (July 23 to August 8).
Barca did not want to release him, the Federation maintained their position
Only, the summons of the native of Tegueste does not do the business of FC Barcelona. The Catalan club did not want to let go of their jewel in Tokyo, aware that it has already been used a lot this season. Barça fears that this new competition could wring it out even more physically.
However, the Spanish clubs do not have the right to oppose the Federation for the summons of the players and have the obligation to give them up for the Olympics. Regulations which also allow La Rojita to come to Tokyo with a great team.
According to the Spanish press, the club culé had decided to initiate discussions with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to leave its player in the club.
But the appeal of FC Barcelona would not have been accepted by the RFEF. Based on information from Cope, the Catalan club would have seen the Spanish Federation maintain its posture and reject its approach. Pedri should therefore be part of the trip to Japan this summer.