English Premiership

Pedro urged to stay

2015-08-11 08:49
Spain's Pedro (Supplied)
Spain's Pedro (Supplied)

Tbilisi - Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta doesn't want to consider the possibility that Spanish international teammate Pedro Rodriguez could be entering his final days as a Barca player.

Pedro has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United before the transfer window closes at the end of the month after seeing his first-team opportunities squeezed by the arrivals of Neymar and Luis Suarez in the past two summers.

Yet, the 28-year-old looks set to start as Barca attempt to add the UEFA Super Cup to their trophy haul of Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey from last season against Sevilla on Tuesday after Neymar was ruled out for two weeks after contracting the mumps.

"As of today we are not thinking that we could lose him," Iniesta said ahead of the match in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

"He continues to be our teammate and he is here to win the first title (of the season). Hopefully, as a teammate and a player he can continue with us because he is a world class player."

Whether the World Cup and European Championship winner stays or goes, with Barca unable to register any new players until January, Barca boss Luis Enrique is just keen for the window to close.

"Like any coach I would like to have all my players for the whole season," he said.

"We have already spoken about Pedro a lot and there will be a solution shortly because the market will close."

Barca will also be without left-back Jordi Alba through injury as they look to stay on course to match the historic achievement of Pep Guardiola's Barca side in 2009 by winning six trophies in a calendar year.

 

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