Barcelona star Pedro has been one of the most dicussed names in the summer transfer window so far and has been linked with moves to all Premier League giants Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
However in recent weeks, Manchester United became favorites to land the World Cup and Euro Cup winner especially after the departure of Angel di Maria.
The Spaniard became out of favour at Camp Nou in the presence of “MSN” that is Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and the 28 year old is reportedly on his way to Old Trafford to get regular playing time.
The forward snatched the winning goal for his boyhood club and won the UEFA Super Cup for Barcelona yesterday at the thriling encounter against Sevilla.
Pedro was photographed looking lonely and glum during the title celebrations and the Manchester United target spoke to the press after the game about his future.
Asked if he wanted to leave Barcelona, “The answer is no, but it’s complicated for many things,” explained Pedro.
“It’s not for money, as has been said — which is another lack of respect. It’s a question of continuity, of minutes. I’m an ambitious player. Stay or go, I will always be of this team.”
“I don’t know if it will be my last game for Barcelona. I only want to enjoy this title.”
Yesterday, Barcelona club secretary Robert Fernandez claimed Pedro had handed in a transfer request and the 28-year-old winger denied these accusations.
“There are many pros and cons about my situation. The comments of Robert Fernandez are unfair. He’s made some very unfortunate declarations.”
“I’ve crossed two words with him and he doesn’t know what I’ve been through at the club to talk like that of me. I know who I am and I will always be of Barca. Such people shouldn’t speak in this way.”
“I’ve not said what Robert’s said, or at least not how I said it. I’m calm, happy and I will always continue giving everything if I continue at this club.”
Pedro was then asked about the interest from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
“Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides.”
“Today I’m here, and I’m happy. And if I go I will go with my head held high having always given everything. These fans and this club are incredible.”
The quotes seem to suggest that Pedro, with a heavy heart, will be leaving Barcelona for Old Trafford in the coming days.
Pedro has won every possible trophy with Barcelona and Spain the with FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship, UEFA Champions League (3 times), La Liga (5 times), Copa del Rey (3 times), UEFA Super Cup (3 times) and Club World Cup (twice).