Pedro wants to leave Chelsea, plots move back to Barcelona

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Chelsea have been rocked by news that Spanish international, Pedro, 29, wants to return to Barcelona after just a year in west London.

The Spanish international cost the Blues an initial fee of £19m when they signed him last summer, beating Premier League rivals, Manchester United. With three years of his contract remaining, new boss Antonio Conte would hope for more loyalty from the winger but the player has other ideas.

In an interview with beIN Sport, he admitted that he has spoken to Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, about returning to the Camp Nou. It was “his dream”, he said, to “retire at Barcelona, even though I know it is complicated”.

That won’t deter the Catalans. With another £11m in add-on fees unlikely to be paid due to Chelsea’s lack of success, Barcelona may view re-signing their former player as a cut-price solution to squad strengthening.

Whilst at Barcelona, Pedro won five La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. Despite scoring eight times last season, he was unable to cement a place in the starting line-up during what was a turbulent season at Stamford Bridge.

Currently with Spain at Euro 2016 where he was a late substitute during the 1 – 0 win over Czech Republic, Antonio Conte’s first task as Blues manager may be to replace his want-away winger.

 

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