Las Palmas coach on Barca's new signing Pedri: 'He reminds me of Iniesta'
- Barca signed Las Palmas top talent Pedri.
- His youth coach claims the 16-year-old is similar to Iniesta.
- He also remembers a time when Pedri got tired of scoring, as he was so much better than everyone.
Barcelona have not so long ago revealed the signing of Las Palmas' prodigy Pedri. The 16-year-old is considered to be among the most promising Spanish players at the moment. At least for this season, Pedri will continue with Las Palmas.
Recently, Diario Sport invited Angel Lopez, the man who is responsible for discovering the talent and helping him develop, to an exclusive interview:
If I had to compare it with another player, who would it be?
"He reminds me of Iniesta when he only started and was of Pedri's age. When Andres made his breakthrough, he also good with both legs, he was thin, with a similar physical complexion. Pedri also has Valeron-like qualities, he's technique is great."
Is he good at scoring goals?
"Yes, with the youth B side he got tired of scoring goals. When I saw him play I realized that he is good in one-vs-one situations on both sides, which makes it even more difficult for the defenders to stop him."
I imagine that this 'boom' with him signing for Barca has been very strong. Do you think it can affect him mentally?
"As far as I know, he is a very calm and serious boy, whose head is very down to earth. Both his family and his representatives are leading the kid very well."
There are people who say that Barça has committed madness by paying five million euros, not counting the variables, for a 16-year-old boy. What is your opinion?
"I think if they haven't done it now, in the long run Pedri would have been much more expensive. Pedri is a discovery and Barca certainly takes a great player."
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