It’s not news that Pedro Rodriguez has been one of those players who we have had an interest in signing in the past 6 months.
Being a regular with the Spanish National team, it was not easy for Barcelona to let him go in the off-season despite strong indications from last term that he was no longer a firm brick in the wall.
Now, they have added Luis Suarez to Messi and Neymar, and becomes clearer that he is not in for a longer stay at the Nou Camp.
Arsenal, and other clubs in England, have continued to apply for his services and there are good reasons to believe he will be open to a move away, especially as Wenger wishes to reunite him with former Barca teammate, Alexis Sanchez. A substantial fee regarded as being within the region of what the Catalans are expecting is also said to be ready from our accountants, and all seems subject to the player’s fiat.
But speaking to El Mundi Deportivo Pedro said:
“Rumours in England about Arsenal interest? I have no plans to leave. I am comfortable here, I want to remain here and have a great year at Barca.”
It is not strange to hear players declare their happiness to stay at a club, especially if the club is one of the biggest brands in the world and are doing very well. No one wants to feel like he’s been pushed away from what you consider a big stage in your career.
You want to be seen as a fighter, not a quitter. One who believes enough in his abilities despite the general acclaim that you are probably not as good as your competitors in your positions.
Having playing a huge role in achieving success with Barca’s greatest spell in history, under Guardiola, scoring the first goal in the Champions League final at the New Wembley, it would seem weird that he is, all of a sudden, regarded as surplus to requirements and relegated to the bin.
But the reality is that Pedro’s time is up at Barcelona and he cannot force himself to believe the contrary. Certainly he is still a very good player, and still performs well enough to be considered more regularly, with a recently boisterous game against Cordoba, but Luis Enrique won’t give him more than what Wenger gives Podolski. Not more than what Mourinho gave to Juan Mata, and not more than what Fiorentino Perez was willing to give to Mesut Ozil.
The German’s scenario is even too sophisticated to be compared to Pedro’s as he was always a regular at the Bernabeu, much more than Pedro’s involvement at the Nou Camp. Such was the monumental capacity of his role that Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo went public in disclosing their displeasure at his departure. Did Ozil chicken out when he was treated as surplus? He also made bold claims that he wanted to stay, similar to Di Maria’s protests too. The Argentine has now found himself at United, after being virtually behind the grit, graft, and guile of Ancelotti’s La Decima winning team last season.
Pedro is still a Barcelona player, and would not be expected to sulk at a lack of opportunities. But like Fabregas and Alexis before him, a secret desire for more regular football must supersede the outward “comfort” he claims to have with substitute appearances. Having seen how his former teammates have come to England and blossomed, he will be kicking himself for a window of opportunity to arrive for his own chance to depart.
And Arsenal’s resemblance to the Barcelona system, presents that obvious destination that would suit his abilities.
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