‘I’d only pay €100m for Messi!’

Pedro Rodriguez has made his own observations on Real Madrid’s reported €105m world record offer for Gareth Bale.

Speaking to Cadena COPE, the Barcelona striker made it clear he feels the Welshman’s value in the transfer market is over-inflated.

“I’d only pay €100m to sign Lionel Messi,” said the Tenerife-born player, although he admitted that Madrid had bought well during the close season.

“They are always dangerous and have reinforced well, so it’s going to be another difficult year, as it has been before.”

However, the 26-year-old says he also delighted with the arrival of Tata Martino on the Barca bench and the fact Cesc Fabregas is set to remain with the club in the light of interest from Manchester United.

“Tata is involved in a lot of dialogue with us and asks us to show a lot of character. Perhaps we are getting back some of the things we had lost.

“In Cesc’s case we are very happy he is staying here. I think that was his intention from the very start.”

Asked about the signing of Neymar from Santos, Pedro also had good words to say.

“Everything is going well with him. He’s a quiet lad but on the pitch he can unsettle people. We hope he will bring us much joy.

“It’s a dream to have him playing next to Lionel Messi. I hope I can play alongside them both, but there is loads of competition,” he added, before showing his support for former Barca Coach Tito Vilanova.

“I’m sure Tito will overcome his illness again. The news was hard to take but he is a very strong person.”

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