Gerard Pique has hinted that Pedro Rodriguez can leave FC Barcelona amidst interest from Manchester United and Chelsea FC, stating that his “situation is very difficult”, The defender also expressed his satisfaction at becoming one of the world’s best defender again.
Pedroa s future at FC Barcelona has been subject of intense speculation despite the player signing a new deal in the summer.
The arrival of new signing Arda Turan to add to the already existing trio of Neymar, Messi, Suarez means Pedroa s chances might be limited at the club.
The player himself was quoted saying earlier that he was unsure about his future and his buyout clause recently dropped from a 150 million to a 30m
“Pedro’s situation is very difficult”
Reports by ESPN FC say that Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for the winger by mid next week and the player will be a replacement to the departing Angel Di Maria who is set for a move to PSG as per reports.
While Pique’s place in Luis Enrique’s startin XI is assured, Pique feels that his team-mate Pedro’s situation is difficult and the defender is worried about losing him amidst interest from Chelsea FC and Manchester United.
“Pedro’s situation is very difficult because he has the three best attackers in the world – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – ahead of him,” Pique said.
“But if Pedro leaves Barca, our squad will be weakened.”
Back among the best
Pique’s form was subject to much criticism during the 2013-14 season, with Pique admitting himself that his high standards had fallen. The defender had vowed to rediscover his best form last season and feels that he achieved the goal by once again playing a prominent role as the Catalan giants pulled off another treble.
Pique said: “I fulfilled the vow to get back among the top centre-backs in the world. In the future, I would like to be Barca captain.”
Where could Pedroa s future lie?
FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique had stressed earlier this month that he wants Pedro to stay, but has now admitted that the player could leave should his release clause was to be met.
a Pedro? If he wants to go, a club will have to meet his release clause,a Luis Enrique was quoted saying by Sport.
Both, Manchester United and Chelsea FC would be attractive options for Pedro. Whilst recent reports claim Manchester United are favorites for the Spanish winger, earlier reports in Catalan media stated Chelsea FC are leading the race a with Pedro allegedly having had conversations with manager Jos Mourinho which the player later denied.
One would think that Pedro will use these coming six months till Turan is ineligible to play for FC Barcelona to see where he stands and could decide his next move in January if not in the summer having stated that he could, still, stay at the club.
If not to sign Pedro, Manchester United could use the money from Di Maria transfer to finance a deal for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, having launched a mammoth a 100m bid for the player.