Barcelona midfielder, Pedri, has said that he would not have rejected Real Madrid had they offered him a contract as a youngster.
The 19-year-old also said he is glad to have chosen Barcelona as it gave him the chance to learn from the club’s former captain, Lionel Messi.
Pedri, who is considered as one of the brightest young stars, won the Kopa Trophy for the best player under the age of 21 last month.
He made his senior debut for Barcelona in September 2020 and has gone on to make 56 first-team appearances.
“When I was 15 years old, they [Real Madrid] called me for a test, but that day there was a huge snowfall and it had to be postponed,” Pedri told Tuttosport.
“The next day, I took part in some light training with the academy side. Maybe they already had their idea about me, so I went back to Tenerife. However, I would not have rejected Madrid.
“Opportunities must be seized, however, they come. Let’s just say something happened, a combination of negative circumstances, and they were the ones that didn’t want to sign me.”
Pedri added, “Playing with him [Lionel Messi] was a dream. I was three years old when he won the Golden Boy. He will always be a legend for Barca fans, and for me, it is an honour to have received his advice.
“What young player would not like advice from someone like him? He congratulated me and told me never to give up. If someone like him tells you that, what can you do at 17? All you can do is obey.”
LaLiga: I wouldn’t have turned down Real Madrid – Barcelona’s Pedri