Pedro could leave Barcelona despite signing new contract

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Barcelona winger Pedro could still leave the Camp Nou this summer, despite signing a contract extension with the Catalan giants earlier this month.

The 27-year-old, who put pen-to-paper on a new three-year deal at the start of the month, is still considering his future with the Catalan giants.

This is according to Mundo Deportivo - and brought to our attention by the Mirror - who understand Pedro has experienced a sudden change of heart since signing his contract extension.

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The popular Barcelona player fears he will not be selected by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for next summer’s European Championships in France if he spends another season playing second-fiddle to Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Pedro made 35 La Liga appearances for Barcelona last season, but 20 of those were from the substitutes bench, hence why he only managed to score a disappointing six goals in return.

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Barcelona want Pedro to stay

There was talk last month of Pedro being handed the opportunity to establish himself as a right wing-back next season, but that idea has been scrapped after Dani Alves also put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the reigning European champions.

Barcelona appreciate that Pedro is an extremely useful squad player - as well as being an individual who causes no fuss inside the dressing room - and were delighted when he decided to commit his future to the club.

That he signed the new deal gives Barcelona protection: if any club wants to sign the Spaniard this summer, they’ll need to pay big money to get him.

Liverpool and Manchester City keen

But several big clubs are closely monitoring the situation, including Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool.

The two aforementioned Premier League clubs would have the upper-hand if Pedro does become available because the player would reportedly prefer a move to England either Italy or France.

Pedro would be a wonderful addition to either squad. The World Cup winner is an intelligent footballer with a superb work ethic and guarantees goals.

In 318 appearances for Barça, the majority of which have been as a substitute, Pedro has scored 98 goals - from the wing.

That Messi, Suarez and Neymar struck up such an extraordinary understanding last season means Pedro should expect to spend most of next season watching on from the sidelines.

But there’s still plenty of time for him to complete an unexpected Premier League move before the summer transfer window closes on September 1.

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