By Sam Blitz For Mailonline
Published: 20:44 BST, 23 October 2020 | Updated: 20:44 BST, 23 October 2020
Playing in the El Clasico is a dream for any young Barcelona fan. For 17-year-old wonderkid Pedri, it will be a chance to put one over the club who rejected him two years ago.
The highly-rated attacker netted his first Barcelona goal in their Champions League win over Ferencvaros in midweek and is expected to be the Catalans' secret weapon ahead of their blockbuster derby clash at the weekend.
Though things could have turned out very differently for the teenager, who turned up at Real Madrid's Valdebebas training ground in February 2018 for a trial in the middle of a snowstorm.
Barcelona wonderkid Pedri could be the Catalans' secret weapon in Saturday's El Clasico
Pedri scored his first Barca goal in the 5-1 Champions League win over Ferencvaros this week
The poor weather conditions meant that Madrid had to close their training ground, even for the first team ahead of an important Champions League knockout tie against Paris Saint-Germain the following week.
When Pedri finally got his chance to play in front of the Los Blancos coaches, the pitch conditions were poor due to the snow and the then-15-year-old was given the cold shoulder.
Speaking about his Real Madrid audition, Pedri told AS earlier this year: 'I went there for a trial. I was there for a week, but they told me to keep working, that I wasn't the kind of player they were looking for.'
The midfielder went on trial with Real Madrid in February 2018 but was turned away by the club
If he ends up finding the net in El Clasico this Saturday afternoon, the Real Madrid hierarchy may end up regretting that decision.
The Madrid rejection only spurred the teenager from the Canary Islands on to great things.