Carles Perez is making his way to the first team of FC Barcelona. The youngster is highly rated by the manager Ernesto Valverde.
Perez is making strides this season. With injuries from Messi, Suarez & Dembele early on, he was able to impose himself on the first team.
This saw Fati and Perez play much more minutes than expected early on. Valverde is impressed with the youngster’s work rate and understanding of the game.
There are multiple comparisons, with most of them being with current Chelsea winger, Pedro.
Barcelona is in a good run of form, with four consecutive wins in all competitions.
With the international break running, Perez was able to talk to A Diario de Radio Marca, where he talked about his path:
“I want to succeed here, being here is the most important thing, not to earn 1.5 million euros as a 16-year-old.
“I know how difficult it is to do what I’m doing, and there are people who are more guided by money.
“I respect everyone’s decisions, but money will always arrive.”
It’s clear that Perez doesn’t like the trend of youngsters asking for a big pay-day at such an early age.
When asked about his relationship with Messi, he added:
“He is a person who helps the dressing room a lot.
He always gives you advice, to both me and Ansu [Fati], the ones who just came up. We knew he would help us.
“He told us that if we didn’t have the quality to be in the position we were in, then we wouldn’t be there.”
Asked about his debut performance where he also scored, Perez commented:
“My best moment was the day I started against Betis.
“I felt a little pressure, because it was the Camp Nou and it was my dream [to play there].
“It was the happiest day of my life because I also scored a goal.”