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Chelsea star Pedro confirms desire to return to Barcelona

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Antonio Conte is set to undergo a revolution at Chelsea in a project that has given plenty around Stamford Bridge reason to be hopeful. Pedro, however, doesn't appear to be that interested in being part of it.

The Spain international has only been at the west London club for one season after Jose Mourinho agreed a £21m deal with Barcelona last summer, but he is already angling for a return to Camp Nou.

Pedro left Barcelona in search of first-team football but appears the rough and tumble of the Premier League is not to his liking. He immediately struggled to rekindle his best form under either Mourinho or his replacement Guus Hiddink and it appears that he would rather sit on the bench at the best club in the world than play for a very good one.

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Speaking to BeIN Sports at Spain's camp at Euro 2016, he said: "Hopefully (I can return to Barcelona) but I know it's hard.

"I have already spoken about it with the president when we were at the (Cup) final (when Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 last month) and spoke to all the people who want me there."

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Complicated

Pedro is under no illusion over his future. He knows he still has three years left on his Chelsea contract and that Barcelona would be unwilling to spend anything like what they sold him for to bring him back.

However, he admits that he hopes to end his playing career at the club where it started even though he is aware that his role in Luis Enrique's plans will be that of a backup option.

He continued: "It's complicated, but I've always said that I would like to retire at Barcelona. However, I know it's difficult because the years go by and the club has the best players in the world, it is a very demanding club and to return is complicated. But I do not rule it out either.

"I had been 11 or 12 years in Barcelona, my family is from there and also many friends. The fans loved me, I felt very valued around the club, and it’s always hard to leave the club of your dreams.

"But I have explained before in the end I had to take this decision because I saw that the possibilities (of playing) were low."

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Valued at Chelsea

Pedro made a total of 30 starts for Chelsea in his opening season even though a loss of form and fitness hampered him at times. In return, he provided the team with eight goals and two assists.

While a new manager will provide Pedro the chance to get even more first-team football next season, he is unlikely to ever be considered ahead of either Willian or Eden Hazard, who remain the most valued wide attackers at the club.

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