Pedri has spoken about the future of Barcelona and Spain teammate Sergio Busquets, saying he hopes the veteran midfielder stays at Barca for ‘many years’.
Busquets has been a mainstay for both Barcelona and Spain for over a decade and has become known as one of the greatest deep-lying playmakers in history.
However, Barcelona’s recent struggles in European football and Spain’s disappointing showing at the 2022 World Cup have led many to believe the Catalan could be past his prime.
At just 20, Pedri is part of a new generation expected to take over from the likes of Busquets when they eventually retire. But while the young midfielder’s stock continues to rise, he has come to the defense of his veteran team-mate, claiming his work often goes unappreciated.
“Busquets is a key player and I’m delighted to play with him. Sometimes people don’t see his work, but when he’s not there we notice it. I hope he stays at Barcelona much longer,” Pedri told Marca.
Busquets’ contract at Camp Nou expires in June 2023.
Pedri also commented on the success of his former team-mate Lionel Messi, who led Argentina to World Cup glory with seven goals and three assists.
“I always said that if we didn’t have the opportunity to win the World Cup ourselves, I wanted Argentina to take it for Leo, who was with me and I think he deserves it,” admitted Pedri.
Pedri and Spain were knocked out by Morocco in the first knockout round of the World Cup, earning criticism for their risk-averse football that failed to create clear-cut chances.
Head coach Luis Enrique has since left the national team set-up, with former under-21 coach Luis de la Fuente already promoted to a senior role.