Barcelona’s Pedri has Real Madrid revenge on his mind after being rejected by


Pedri scored for Barcelona in the Champions League this week after turning up with his kit in a supermarket bag… now he hopes to make Real Madrid pay for rejecting him on a trial two years ago by being the Catalans’ secret weapon in Saturday’s El Clasico

  • Young midfielder Pedri is Barcelona’s latest young talent making huge strides 
  • The 17-year-old scored his first Catalans goal against Ferencvaros this week 
  • Pedri was on trial at Real Madrid two years ago but Los Blancos turned him away
  • Now the wonderkid could be Barcelona’s secret weapon in Saturday’s El Clasico 

Playing in the El Clasico is a dream for any young Barcelona fan. For 17-year-old wonderkid Pedri, it will be a chance to put one over the club who rejected him two years ago. 

The highly-rated attacker netted his first Barcelona goal in their Champions League win over Ferencvaros in midweek and is expected to be the Catalans’ secret weapon ahead of their blockbuster derby clash at the weekend. 

Though things could have turned out very differently for the teenager, who turned up at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground in February 2018 for a trial in the middle of a snowstorm. 

Barcelona wonderkid Pedri could be the Catalans' secret weapon in Saturday's El Clasico

Barcelona wonderkid Pedri could be the Catalans’ secret weapon in Saturday’s El Clasico

Pedri scored his first Barca goal in the 5-1 Champions League win over Ferencvaros this week

Pedri scored his first Barca goal in the 5-1 Champions League win over Ferencvaros this week

The poor weather conditions meant that Madrid had to close their training ground, even for the first team ahead of an important Champions League knockout tie against Paris Saint-Germain the following week.

When Pedri finally got his chance to play in front of the Los Blancos coaches, the pitch conditions were poor due to the snow and the then-15-year-old was given the cold shoulder. 

Speaking about his Real Madrid audition, Pedri told AS earlier this year: ‘I went there for a trial. I was there for a week, but they told me to keep working, that I wasn’t the kind of player they were looking for.’  

The midfielder went on trial with Real Madrid in February 2018 but was turned away by the club

The midfielder went on trial with Real Madrid in February 2018 but was turned away by the club

If he ends up finding the net in El Clasico this Saturday afternoon, the Real Madrid hierarchy may end up regretting that decision.  

The Madrid rejection only spurred the teenager from the Canary Islands on to great things. 

A year later, the midfielder was promoted from the Las Palmas youth academy into the first team by manager Pepe Mel, who used to coach West Brom.

Just a fortnight after making his professional debut in the Spanish second tier, Barcelona had seen enough. A £4.5million transfer was agreed in September 2019 which would see the player move to the Nou Camp the following summer. 

Pedri came through Las Palmas' youth academy before being signed by Barcelona for £4.5m

Pedri came through Las Palmas’ youth academy before being signed by Barcelona for £4.5m

It felt like a move long in the making. Pedri’s father used to show him footage of ex-Barcelona man Michael…



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