Barcelona winger Pedro has admitted that he is not sure about his future at Camp Nou. The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, but he did feature in the recent UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla. He scored a goal, after coming on as the substitute, in the 115th minute of the game to earn his team a record equalling Super Cup triumph. Ironically, Pedro scored a similar goal against Shakhtar Donetsk six years ago in the same minute. That goal got the Catalan club a third Super Cup title. Now, they have won a record equalling fifth title.
It was one of the remarkable Super Cup finals in recent memory, as the game ended in a 5-4 victory for the Catalan club. Sevilla almost came close to snatching a remarkable victory. Banega’s goal after just three minutes was cancelled out by Lionel Messi (scoring twice), Rafina, and Luis Suarez. Just when it seemed that Barcelona were heading for a comfortable victory, a 24 minute spell saw Sevilla equalise. Pedro’s late equaliser, though, gave them little chance of responding.
However, there has been a lot of transfer speculation surrounding Pedro and this largely comes from the fact that he has not been a first-team regular under Luis Enrique. Despite the lack of Neymar in the team, Pedro did not start the match. Instead of going with an attacking forward like Pedro, Enrique opted for Brazilian Rafina, who is a defender by trade. This appears to have been the last straw for the former La Masia graduate. He said:
“It’s [transfer] not for money, as has been said – which is another lack of respect. It’s a question of continuity, of minutes. I’m an ambitious player. Stay or go, I will always be of this team.
“I’m calm, happy and I will always continue giving everything if I continue at this club. Manchester? Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides.
“Today I’m here and I’m happy. And if I go I will go with my head held high having always given everything.”
He was initially linked with Chelsea for several weeks, but the interest from the Premier League champions has cooled off in recent times. Instead, Manchester United have moved ahead in front for his signature. Moving to Old Trafford will almost certainly guarantee first-team football for Pedro, as he is likely to be the replacement for Angel di Maria. The Argentine winger recently left Old Trafford for Paris St Germain in a £45 million deal.
While reaffirming that his decision to leave the Camp Nou is not triggered by factors like money, Pedro says that he would consider joining a club like Manchester United. The Red Devils are expected to be in contention for the league title this season. They started the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham last Sunday. Pedro has a £22 million release clause in his contract.