Pedro wants to return to Barcelona
Chelsea star Pedro Rodriguez has expressed his desire to return to the Camp Nou. The winger only joined the blues last season but has now decided he does not want to remain at the club.
The winger who is currently in France with the Spanish national team was found to be excess to requirements at Barcelona and decided he needed to leave to earn regular first team football. But it hasn’t worked out the way he wanted at Chelsea.
The Blues have had a disastrous campaign finishing way below the champions league places. Pedro did have a wonderful start to his Chelsea career scoring on his debut against West Brom. But since then it has not been a smooth ride.
Pedro said he has already spoken to the president Josep Maria Bartomeu about the possibility of a return. Speaking to Bein sports he said, “Hopefully [I can return to Barcelona], I know it's difficult, I spoke with the president when we saw each other at the Cup final and I also spoke with all the people who love me there.”
Not a great first season for Pedro in the EPL
Chelsea managed only 4 wins when Jose Mourinho was in charge and he eventually got the sack in December after losing to Leicester City. Guus Hiddink was hired as his replacement and Pedro did find a little bit of form towards the end of last season.
Pedro made 27 appearances in all of the 2015/16 season scoring 7 times. Although that isn’t a bad number you can tell he wasn’t a regular under Mourinho or Hiddink. With Antonio Conte now coming in, there are massive doubts if he will even get a start depending on how the manager wants to set his team up.
Pedro the solution to Barcelona’s bench strength
Barcelona have enough firepower in their starting XI but their lack of depth is what concerns Luis Enrique the most. When they were undergoing a bad run of form in the league the manager never made too many substitutions to change games at times because he did not have the right players.
There were reports that Barcelona were trying to sign Hatem ben Arfa and Alexandre Lacazette but so far nothing has materialised. Pedro would provide the perfect solution to the Catalans’ problems but it remains to be seen if he will be willing to play second fiddle.