Pedro backtracks on Barca claim

Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez has backtracked on claims that he could return to Barcelona this summer as “it’s almost impossible”.

Pedro appeared to issue a come-and-get-me plea to Barca earlier in the week as he talked up the possibility of returning to the club after just one season away, but he has since admitted that a move back would be “very difficult”.

“If you ask me if I’d go back, the answer is clear because they’re a great club with great players and fans who appreciate me,” the Spain attacker told RAC1.

“I’ve always said that I’d like to retire at Barca, but I know it’s very difficult, almost impossible.

“Admittedly it seemed like I was going back this summer, but I have a contract with Chelsea, I’ve only been there for a year and it’d be very difficult for [a return] to happen.

“[On talking with President Josep Maria Bartomeu], we talked about the team, not me.

“When I left, he told me that the doors of the club would always be open, and I said that was very important for me because [Barca] are a club that I can feel. It’s where I grew up and was happy.

“Nolito can fit in [at Barca], but I don’t know whether he’d accept the situation of being a backup.

“He can work to earn his place, but it’s difficult with the level of the three forwards [MSN], who are breaking records and playing all the time.”

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