Valverde leaves door open for Pedro
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has hinted the Spanish giants could look into the possibility of re-signing Chelsea forward Pedro.
Spain international Pedro spent 11 years at Barcelona from 2004-15 before joining Chelsea in a deal believed to be worth around £20million.
He has enjoy success at Stamford Bridge, winning the 2016/17 Premier League, 2017/18 FA Cup and last season’s Europa League.
However, in his fifth campaign with the Blues, the 32-year-old has fallen down the pecking order under manager Frank Lampard and been limited to just four top-flight appearances, leading to suggestions he will be sold in the January transfer window.
An exit in the new year looked unlikely due to Chelsea’s transfer ban but, with CAS halving that suspension, which now allows the west London outfit to buy players in the winter window, some of the fringe players will be allowed to leave.
Pedro, who becomes a free agent next summer, is one of the individuals expected to be heading for the exit door and a return to the Camp Nou could be on the cards, judging by the comments from the Barcelona chief regarding a potential return.
As quoted by Daily Mail, he said: “He is a historic player at this club. He is one of the players here with the most club titles. He is at another club and we have to respect him. We will see what the future holds.”
Pedro was again overlooked for Chelsea’s starting XI for Saturday’s home clash against struggling Bournemouth, having to settle for a place on the bench instead, and there is a feeling his frustration is growing ahead of January.
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