Pedro Rodriguez has had his say on Cesc Fabregas’ proposed move from Barcelona to Chelsea, revealing he wants Fabregas to stay at Camp Nou.
It’s expected that Fabregas will leave Barca for a return to the Premier League and it was Gerard Pique who provided an update, albeit inadvertently, when he was overheard discussing the move with Vicente Del Bosque.
Their conversation was picked up by microphones in place for a Press conference and speaking during his own time before reporters, the winger lamented that Pique’s comments went public.
“[Cesc and Pique] have spoken and that’s it. It’s an uncomfortable situation and things shouldn’t have been said,” Pedro continued.
“It won’t affect them, they’re isolated and focused on what needs to be done. It’s sorted out.
“They get along well and nothing has happened. I don’t know if the Coach will be affected by it. But it’s happened and you can’t go back.
“Cesc is a great player for the team. [If he joins Chelsea] then that’s a pity for Barca.
“I haven’t spoken to him. He’s focused on the World Cup. I think he’s a great midfielder, very complete, and if he goes it will be a shame for Barca.”
It’s been suggested that Fabregas has decided to leave in part due to being criticised by the supporters inside Camp Nou. Pedro defended the fans’ right to vocalise their opinions but insisted Cesc was an unfair target.
“People have the right to judge players but I don’t really understand it,” he said.
“He’s always given his all and he had a good season. The numbers speak for themselves.
“Barca didn’t have a good season, without winning any trophies, so I don’t understand why one player is criticised. Cesc is a professional and always shows it.”
Pedro was questioned about his future at Barca during a time of upheaval for the Catalans. He replied that for the moment, the World Cup takes priority.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, nothing. I’m relaxed and the World Cup is the most important thing,” he added.
“When I have to make a decision I’ll speak to Barca and we’ll see. Now I’m focused on the national team and having a good World Cup. Whatever happens will happen.”
Pedro was fulsome in his praise of a teammate for club and country, Xavi Hernandez, pointing to the playmaker as a reference point for younger players.
“We know him and he’s incredible,” Pedro said. “He still takes on responsibility and makes the team tick.
“He’s been very important with all the trophies. He’s been here years. I think this is his fourth World Cup and he’s an example for those coming up.”
Spain begin the defence of the World Cup in a week’s time, playing 2010 finalists the Netherlands in the Group B opener.
Asked how La Roja are shaping up – and what he made of the conditions in Brazil – Pedro said things were looking good.
“We’ve played big games and there is fatigue but the squad is good and working hard,” he said.
“We did ok against Bolivia even though there were players missing so hopefully we can make a strong start.
“It’s very hot and will be difficult. Some games are difficult because of the time and temperature.
“It’ll be the same for us. Hopefully we can be in good shape so we’re not affected.”