I want Pedro to stay at Barcelona – Luis Enrique

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The coach insists he wants the attacker to remain at Camp Nou, although he accepts it is the player who will make the decision

Luis Enrique hopes Pedro ignores Chelsea interest to stay at Barcelona but concedes the forward will have the final say on his future.

The Spain international was restricted to only 15 league starts in 2014-15 due to the arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool, and that lack of game time has seen the 27-year-old linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge.

But his Barca coach insists there is a place for Pedro at the club, just as long as he wishes to stay.

“Pedro’s situation is clear. I do not want any player to leave, I have always stressed his qualities as a professional but I respect the decision of the player,” Luis Enrique told reporters.

“I would prefer him to stay but it is the player who must assess and decide.”

Barca have added Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal to their squad this summer, while Juventus’ Paul Pogba has been linked with the club and could still arrive should Joan Laporta win Saturday’s presidential election.

And while no new signing can represent the Catalans until January due to their ongoing transfer ban, Luis Enrique says his club have dealt well in the current window.

“I will not talk about players who are not on our roster, but Arda is a player who it is difficult to get the ball from and on a defensive level does a great job. For us he is a great signing.

“In principle, the group is still a small one, as we are waiting to be able to incorporate the other guys. Arda has little to say, and it is a process of adaptation. We have not had the chance yet to speak about things, and relay information on how to act in the team.

“My responsibility is to plan the season and we talked about possible additions. I’m happy and I want to give thanks to the board for the transfer of Arda Turan.”

 

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