Not the kind of headline that incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to read. Spanish winger Pedro says that he wants to return to Barcelona and has already spoken to Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu regarding a possible move.
The Spain international claimed last month that he “misses” Barcelona but insisted he had no regrets about joining Chelsea last summer.
But it has since emerged that Pedro is pushing for a move back to Spain with the winger keen to retire with the Catalan giants.
“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,” he told beIN Sports.
“It’s complicated, but I’ve always said I would like to retire at Barca.
“The years have passed and Barca have some of the best players in the world, it’s a very demanding club and coming back is complicated, but I can’t rule it out.
“I spent 11 or 12 years in Barcelona, my family are there and a lot of my friends, as well. The fans love me a lot, I felt valued by the club, and it’s always very tough to leave the club of your dreams.
“Ultimately, I had to make that decision because I saw that my chances had become exhausted.”
Pedro really struggled to make a big impact last season at Chelsea, scoring just eight goals in all competitions in his maiden campaign at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old striker has won everything in the game in Spain, and a result it had to be really strange for him to play in a side that was not competing for trophies. The 12 defeats in the league last season were probably more than Pedro has experienced in the previous three or four seasons combined at the Camp Nou.
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