Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been quizzed on Pedro again this week, in the aftermath of the club’s game with LA Galaxy on Tuesday evening.
According to reports in Marca, Pedro is free to leave the club this summer, but only if his buyout clause is met. The Spaniard could find first-team chances hard to come by next season – with Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi dominating the attacking positions – and might be tempted into demanding a move.
The attacking midfielder has been linked with a host of clubs this summer, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, as the Daily Express report. Enrique wants the player to stay in Spain, but admits that the decision is ultimately down to him.
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In quotes reported by Marca, he said: “Like I’ve said before, if a player wants to go, someone will have to meet their release clause, otherwise it will be difficult. I’ve spoken to Pedro about things. I told him what I think and he told me how he feels. If he comes out and says something, then I’ll respond. It’s Pedro’s decision.”
The 27-year-old has played more than 200 times in La Liga, scoring 58 goals in the process. He’s picked up a host of honours, including five league titles and three Champions Leagues.
This rumour has been running all summer long and doesn’t appear to be any closer to reaching a conclusion. In our opinion, the most likely scenario is that he stays put, but so long as Liverpool’s name continues to be linked with him then we’ll continue to watch on with interest.