Pedro Rodriguez is looking to give his all this season as his all this season as he looks to repay the faith Luis Enrique showed in him in allowing the winger to stay at the Camp Nou
The Spain international is determined to fight through the added competition at the club, and has also revealed that there were a number clubs interested in him this summer.
Pedro spoke of his desire to stay in a press conference at St. Georges Park, where Barcelona are currently undertaking their preseason training:
"I talked to Zubizarreta and he told me they counted on my services. Luis Enrique came in, and he knows what I can do. The club also showed they trust me. Those are the main reasons why I've decided to stay. My goal is to stay here for many years to come."
There were some clubs interested, but none of them made a formal offer.
In the midst of such upheaval, Pedro may feel he was lucky to keep his place in the side. The 26-year-old is now looking to reward his manger’s faith.
The winger had a decent season, scoring 15 league goals and grabbing 8 assists. However Alexis Sanchez, who surpassed Pedro and had a stellar season left the club, as did other talented individuals such as Cesc Fabregas.
Should Pedro fail to make a splash in his first year under Luis Enrique, he too could be out of the revolving Barcelona door.
Where Pedro will play remains to be seen. The wealth of attacking options at Luis Enrique’s disposal means Pedro is unlikely to be a regular starter in his regular right wing position.
However with suggestions that Luis Enrique could adopt a 3-5-2 formation, Pedro may yet find a place in Enrique’s new-look line-up.
Even if Lucho employs a more traditional back four, is option anywhere down that right hand side. The Spaniard confirmed in an interview that he is will and able to play at full-back if necessary.
“Yeah, I'll play wherever Lucho (Enrique) wants me to. If it's as a forward, I'm comfortable already. If he wants me as a full-back, I'll do it too. I've trained as a right-back for Del Bosque at Spain. I can do it here too. No problem. Takes a little time to adapt, but I'll do it."
Pedro will need to adopt such an attitude, as there may be times he is called upon to fit into an unfamiliar role in times of desperation.
Whilst it does seem a waste of his immense talent, it may be the case if Messi, Suarez and Neymar hit the ground running.
The bar has once again been raised with the signing of Luis Suarez, and all those lucky enough to survive Luis Enrique’s will need to step up, Pedro included.
And it is not just Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez Pedro will need to compete with, as Gerard Deulofeu will also pose a threat and look to break into the Barcelona side. This could be a big year for Pedro at Barcelona, and if he’s not at his best, his last.
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