FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique expects Spanish midfielder Pedro to ignore Chelsea FC’s offer and stay at Barcelona. Chelsea FC were heavily linked with the Spaniard since last week and were favourites to rope in the player. They were ready to match his €30 million release clause. Apparently the Blues boss Jose Mourinho and Pedro’s compatriot Cesc Fabregas had spoke to the player over the phone and convinced to him make a move to Stamford Bridge.
Pedro’s situation is clear. I do not want any player to leave, I have always stressed his qualities as a professional but I respect the decision of the player. I would prefer him to stay but it is the player who must assess and decide.
The La Liga champions have bought Arda Turan and Alexis Vidal and added them to their squad this summer. Enrique further spoke about his new signings.
He said: I will not talk about players, who are not on our roster, but Arda is a player who it is difficult to get the ball from and on a defensive level does a great job. For us he is a great signing. In principle, the group is still a small one, as we are waiting to be able to incorporate the other guys. Arda has little to say, and it is a process of adaptation. We have not had the chance yet to speak about things, and relay information on how to act in the team. My responsibility is to plan the season and we talked about possible additions. I’m happy and I want to give thanks to the board for the transfer of Arda Turan.
Pedro was allowed to start in only 15 league in 2014-15 due to the arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool, and that lack of game time has seen the 27-year-old linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge. But Barca boss insists that there is a place for Pedro at the club, just as long as he wishes to stay.