Pedro Rodriguez has been a bit-part player for Barcelona ever since Neymar arrived from Santos in the summer of 2013. Having performed admirably during their most successful years, it was with no fault of his own that he moved to the periphery of Luis Enrique's squad.
It is a surprise that it has taken up until now for someone to convince the 28-year-old to leave the Nou Camp. Then again, earning a lot of money whilst winning a lot of trophies for your hometown club must be a difficult thing to turn your back on.
It was for this reason, evidently, that Pedro needed some persuading before agreeing to push for a move to Manchester United this summer. The Red Devils have been negotiating a £22million deal and with Angel di Maria now gone, there is a space in the squad to be filled.
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Di Maria arrived to much more fanfare than Pedro will but the Argentinian saw his reputation plummet after failing to adopt Louis van Gaal's perplexing philosophy. Seeing this, Pedro would have surely been vigilant about the idea of replacing the fallen star.
According to The Telegraph, Pedro addressed those concerns during a meeting with the Manchester United manager. In response, Van Gaal promised the Spain international a key role in a new-look 4-3-3 formation.
A new formation
He will be paired with fellow newbie Memphis Depay and current Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney. That runs in line with suggestions that Rooney will be given a striker role this season. He had showed signs of promise in the position towards the end of last season, but had spent the majority of his playing time in a deeper role.
It is a sign that Van Gaal's days of experimentation are over. The Dutchman trialled several different formations last season with his original 3-5-2 system causing the most controversy. It was a system that basically nullified Di Maria and Adnan Januzaj but helped to rejuvenate Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young.
Enrique wants to keep him
However, the deal is far from done yet with some sources claiming Barcelona are digging in their heels to try and keep this treasured La Masia graduate in Catalunya. Enrique confirmed he wanted Pedro to stay although he can not promise him a spot in the starting XI.
“I want him to stay, “ Enrique said. “If there are changes, that will be down to the player.
"He's a fantastic, top-class player who won everything and showed for club and country what he can do.
“It's not nice to talk about negatives, I like to think things will work well. Maybe some players might leave, but right now, there's nothing to comment on."
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