During an interview with Beteve, Pedro Rodriguez, the winger for Lazio, expressed his deep desire to conclude his career at his childhood club, FC Barcelona.However, he acknowledged the challenges that may hinder such a happening.
Pedro, aged 36, began his professional journey at Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia academy and subsequently embarked on a highly successful tenure with the renowned Catalan club.
The Spanish player proceeded to accumulate 321 appearances, with a tally of 99 goals and 62 assists, prior to his departure to Chelsea during the summer season of 2015.
Pedri open to Barcelona return
Following his departure from Barcelona, Pedro has subsequently had successful tenures at Chelsea and AS Roma, ultimately landing at Lazio in 2021. As an esteemed former Spanish international, his contractual obligations with the Italian club will conclude at the conclusion of the ongoing season.
Pedro has openly expressed his willingness to consider a potential return to Barcelona upon a request from their coach, Xavi.
“If they ask me and Xavi calls me, before he hangs up and regrets it, I’ll come,” Pedro said.
“Although Barça holds a special place in my heart, I am fully committed to wholeheartedly supporting the club I currently represent. While I acknowledge that Barça remains my cherished team, in light of various considerations such as my age, a return seems highly improbable. However, it would be a great pleasure if such a possibility were to arise.
Although retiring at Barça would undoubtedly be an extraordinary experience, I perceive it as a remote and formidable possibility, which is why I have not contemplated it.
Pedro on Xavi’s Barcelona
The ex-Barcelona winger was a member of the squad during their most triumphant era and, upon assessing their present state, Pedro acknowledged that they are performing adequately in general terms, notwithstanding the club’s precarious financial situation.
Commending the emerging talent within the Catalan team, Pedri further affirmed that there exists a cohort of youthful players possessing exceptional potential and aptitude, who will ultimately constitute the foundation of the team in forthcoming years.
Xavi has faced mounting scrutiny in recent weeks as a consequence of Barça’s performances on the football field. Similar to Deco, Pedro also reiterated his belief that the accomplished former midfielder is undoubtedly the ideal candidate for the managerial role.
“I’ve got major faith in Xavi, man. He’s a coach who goes all out, he’s got some killer ideas about what he wants to achieve, which is to bring Barça to the highest level possible,” he said.