Barcelona forward Pedro admits he would prefer to stay at the Nou Camp and would retire there if possible, amid speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea.
‘I hope that I can retire at Barça, but it’s a very demanding club,’ he told Spanish newspaper Sport last week. ‘It’s difficult to be at that level, we will see what happens. Everyone is happier when they play. I don’t know when there will be a solution. I want to begin pre-season and we will see.’
Those comments were made ahead of his return to pre-season training with the European Champions, although the Spanish international did concede that he may be forced to leave, and that the club had agreed to reduce his release clause to £20.8m (with some suggestions that Barcelona may even consider a lower fee).
‘That’s true, both the club and I decided to reduce the clause and it’s true there are offers. I’m in a difficult situation at Barcelona,’ Pedro confirmed. ‘It’s a complicated situation. Everyone wants more minutes, more options, to be in the front line… here it’s true that that is complicated. I know any other place will not be like Barça. It’s a dream [to be at the club], I’ve won a lot of titles and it has filled me with joy and satisfaction, but everyone has the ambition to continue improving and to play.’
Pedro turns 28 next week and has spent his entire career at Barcelona, coming through the ranks in their C and B teams. In the 2010/11 season he set a unique record of scoring in every club competition, including the Champions League Final against United – part of a career record that has seen him notch a credible 98 goals in 318 games.
Smart, concentrated and two footed, the diminuitive star would be a welcome addition to United’s frontline, although it does appear that he would prefer to remain with Barcelona.