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Juventus' Juan Cuadrado (L) vies with Barcelona's Pedri during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Juventus and Barcelona in Turin, Italy, Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

FC Barcelona's 17-year-old forward Pedro Gonzalez (Pedri) has been one of the few bright spots in a difficult start to the season for the club. The teenager admitted that Barca's good fortune is partly due to Real Madrid turning him down.

MADRID, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona's 17-year-old forward Pedro Gonzalez (Pedri) has been one of the few bright spots in a difficult start to the season for the club, although speaking in an interview on Spanish radio in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the teenager admitted that Barca's good fortune is partly due to Real Madrid turning him down.

"I spent a week on trial at Madrid. They told me I wasn't good enough; they took me to an office and told me," he said, before thanking the club, "because now I'm in the team I've always wanted to be at."

The striker, who turns 18 at the end of the end of the month, said one of the best things about joining Barca was being able to work with Leo Messi.

"You never get used to seeing how Messi plays - everything he does surprises you and being able to learn from him is a luxury. Seeing the things Messi does ... Playing with Messi is a prize that has given me life," he said.

Pedri said he was not getting carried away since his success following his summer move from Las Palmas and he is willing to be patient.

"I don't like to put limits on myself. You have to go step by step, although. I have always said that I would like to play a World Cup with the (Spain) national team," he commented.

However, he insisted it was vital to keep his feet on the ground.

"If you lose your humility and stop being who you are, you lose the footballer you are," explained Pedri, who added that his family was a big help in his life.

"My parents and my brother are the ones who give me the most advice. It's very good because it makes you push yourself and keep your feet on the ground," he concluded. ■

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