Barcelona midfielder, Pedri hopes that club icon, Lionel Messi will be his team-mate for “many years" amid speculation raging over the future of the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner and fears that he may leave the club in the summer.
Messi's current contract with Barcelona expires at the end of the summer, with the striker yet to agree to a new deal - which has led to rumours that he may decide to leave the club amid links to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Catalan's new president, Joan Laporta has reiterated that he will do everything in his power to ensure that Messi remains at the Nou Camp and Pedri is keen to play alongside Messi for as long as possible.
"The first day I saw Messi I thought it was a lie. When I was next to Messi, I was very shocked to see him. It was like being on television or a video game, I almost didn't believe it. Playing with Messi is easy because when you give it to him you know that things are going to happen. And that's what I try to do, give it to them in the best positions so that it is the most beneficial for the team," he El Club del Deportista, as quoted by Goal.
“I hope I can be close to him for several years. It would be great if I could continue to enjoy playing with Messi and learn many things alongside him.”
It will be interesting to see whether Messi decides to sign a new contract as Laporta is looking to reinforce the squad in the summer, with the club being linked with a move for his good friend, Sergio Aguero.