Barcelona star Pedro has made it clear that he doesn’t want to leave the Nou Camp this summer, despite claims to the contrary made yesterday by Catalan technical secretary Robert Fernandez.
Fernandez had set United fans’ pulses racing by announcing live on television that Pedro had asked to leave his current club, with it assumed then that a deal was firmly in the works.
However, the player himself has since categorically denied it, telling Spanish newspaper Sport that what Fernandez said was ‘unfortunate’.
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Last night Pedro came on during his side’s UEFA Super Cup meeting with Sevilla, scoring a dramatic last-gasp winner to make it 5-4.
Pedro speaks out
Following the game he addressed rumours of his supposedly imminent departure, and it doesn’t look like it’s good news for United.
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"No. The answer is no," Pedro said, when asked if he wanted a move.
"It is not a situation of money but of minutes. I am ambitious, I always want the best, let's see what happens. I go or I stay, I will always be on this team.
"I was very angry at being unable to play from the start. I was upset because I had more options with no Neymar."
The assumed course
Of course Red Devils fans would have been forgiven for thinking that Pedro was close to becoming an Old Trafford player.
Not only was he omitted from the starting lineup last night despite the absence of Neymar, who reportedly has mumps, but there’s an obvious void for him to fill given the sale of Angel Di Maria, and when Neymar returns he won’t be getting much game-time where he is now.
Problems with a deal
That said he is a graduate of the fabled La Masia academy, and his home-grown affiliation with the club and its supporters could end up being a bigger factor than previously assumed.
What’s certain is that United have the money to do a deal, and they definitely have the ambition to land him before the summer transfer window is out.
The issue at hand is that the ball is in Pedro’s court, and that particular court still looks to very much pro-Barca.
United fans, what do you think to Pedro’s latest admission? Will he move to Old Trafford before the summer is out? Let us know in the comments box below.