Pedro Rodriguez has looked to quell speculation over a supposedly imminent switch to Chelsea, claiming that he has not spoken with Jose Mourinho at all.
Recent reports had it pegged that the Spain international was ready to push for a move to Stamford Bridge after having consulted both Mourinho and former club teammate Francesc Fabregas, though these now appear prematurely off the mark.
Though the Barcelona man did admit that he was beginning to struggle at the Nou Camp as as result of the triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar come to the fore, according to Goal he made it clear he and Mourinho have no private agreement.
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"I did not talk to Mourinho," Pedro told reporters about the matter.
"That would have been disrespectful to Barcelona.
"It is true that it was agreed to lower the buy-out clause and it is also true that there are offers.
"It is a difficult situation. You want more minutes, more options, to be at the forefront of things but things are getting more difficult for me.
"It's a dream playing for Barcelona. I have won many titles and this fills me with satisfaction and joy, but you have to have the ambition to keep improving and play regularly.
"I wish I could stay at Barca but it is a very demanding club. It's hard at the top level, so we'll see what happens.
"But obviously one is happier when one can play."
Indeed it seems strange that the Special One would make a point of moving for Pedro so early in the window given that he already boasts a star-studded attacking unit.
Eden Hazard was one of the best player’s in the Premier League last season and is very much the centre-piece of Mourinho’s plans, whilst the likes of Oscar and Willian were also far from disgraceful.
As a result Pedro would be fortunate to come into the side and command instant status as a first-team regular, thereby negating the idea that leaving Barca for west London would help him in his bid for more game-time.
Potential for failure?
The Spaniard is unquestionably gifted but slight of frame, and never seriously tested outside the bounds of La Liga - exceptions given to the Champions League.
It may well transpire that if he does move to England he struggles to adapt to the rigours of the English game, and at 27 a year spent failing to adjust to new surroundings won’t do his career any good at all.
That said staying with Barcelona would more than likely see him confined to the bench for most of the next season. The aforesaid trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar isn’t going to be broken anytime soon, and unless Pedro is content to be used as a backup he’ll come by very few opportunities in Catalonia.
Of course any deal for the player, if any is to be struck, will have to wait until the results are in from Barcelona’s upcoming presidential election. The new president may want to keep the winger on board, and so all potential outgoing transfers will only be done once a successful candidate is sworn in.
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