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Chelsea’s Pedro would ‘drop everything’ for the chance to return to Barcelona


Pedro is angling for a return to Barcelona (Picture: Getty Images)

Pedro would ‘drop everything’ for the chance to return to Barcelona from Chelsea as his time at Stamford Bridge looks to be coming to an end.

The 32-year-old has made just four Premier League starts since Frank Lampard took over as Chelsea manager in the summer and has sat through six matches as an unused substitute.

The Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of the season and it is extremely unlikely he will extend his stay with the Blues, with a January exit looking more likely.

The World Cup winner is unsure of his future, but he is abundantly clear on the fact that he would like to return to former club Barcelona at any cost.

Pedro left the Nou Camp for west London in August 2015 having made over 300 appearances for the Catalan club, and he would love to return home.

‘If Barca call me, I’ll drop everything,’ Pedro told L’Esportiu.

‘There was a moment in pre-season when we played against Barca that, after talking with the coach, I saw a chance, but the door closed quickly.

‘At this point, I don’t know what will happen to me, just that I’m contracted to Chelsea until the end of the season.’

The forward says he left Barcelona to hunt down first team football and still wants to enjoy the game, which is a struggle from the bench.

‘I left Barcelona because I was brave. Neymar arrived and I played less. These things happen in football, Luis Enrique was always honest with me,’ Pedro continued.

‘I don’t know, we’ll see … What I know is that I want to continue having fun playing football.’

Pedro has been linked with a move to West Ham in January, and while first team football at Barcelona seems very unlikely, he appears to be ready to accept a reduced role at the club he holds so dear to his heart.

Things had seemed so positive for Pedro at the start of the season, given chances in the team and with high praise for Lampard.

‘It’s very hard work, high intensity, pressing a lot without the ball. When you have the ball move it quick,’ said the Spaniard of life under Lampard.

‘For us it’s very good to work with Frank. He’s a legend at this club. Also his coaches are very good with good ideas.’

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