Barcelona and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) are at odds after Pedri was called up from the Olympic side.
The 18-year-old midfielder has already played 52 games for Barcelona this season, four times for the Spanish Under-21s and eight times so far for the senior squad.
With 64 games already in total, that could drop to 67 if Spain progressed to Euro 2020. And with little rest in between, Barcelona are not happy that Pedri now faces a trip to Japan this summer. .
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Pedri is believed to want to go to the Olympics, but if Spain goes far in Tokyo, the midfielder will have played non-stop football for almost a year before starting all over again at the start of the La Liga season.
The Catalan Giants clearly have reason to fear that one of the brightest young stars faces burnout after such a busy season, but a nuance in Spain’s legal system is what sparked the clash with RFEF .
Mikel Oyarzabal – Spain
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EXPERT POINT OF VIEW – Eurosport Spaniard Daniel Ecija
This difficult situation is the responsibility of the RFEF due to the legislation in force in Spain. The law on sport obliges Spanish teams to send their players to the Olympic Games if they are summoned. This does not happen in other countries. For example, Borja Mayoral, who plays for Roma, was not allowed to attend the event. Ferran Torres (Manchester City) is also in the same situation.
Therefore, Barcelona want to file an appeal so that Pedri does not go to the Olympics. After a long season, if Spain reached the final, Pedri would only have two days off before heading to Japan.
The problem is, according to the Marca newspaper, the Federation’s sporting director, Francisco Molina, claims that any player who is now at Euro 2020 has opened up to the Olympics, including Pedri.
Nowadays, it looks like Eric García, Pedri, Dani Olmo, Unai Simón, Mikel Oyarzabal and Pau Torres will also be competing in the European Championships and the Olympics. Besides Barcelona, there are also other teams such as Real Madrid who would not be interested in their players making it to the Olympics because they would miss the preseason.
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