Chelsea star Pedro Rodriguez has clarified that despite he would love to return to Barcelona a move away from Stamford Bride during the coming summer transfer window is "almost unlikely" to happen. Yet, the Spanish international added that the talks he recently had with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu were not to discuss the potential comeback but the season in general.
The 28-year-old winger only moved to the Premier League giants in the summer of 2015 after then Jose Mourinho's side agree to pay around €30 milion (£23.2m, $34m) to beat Manchester United for his signature. Pedro left the club to secure more regular time after having seen his period at Barcelona restricted due to the unmovable presence of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in Luis Enrique's attack.
However, last week the Spaniard put Chelsea on alert after revealing his desire to move back to Barcelona only one year after his arrival, suggesting that he had even spoken with the La Liga giants president about the move when they met in the Copa del Rey final last month.
Pedro created that impression when he spoke to Sport: "Hopefully [I can return to Barcelona] but I know it's hard, I have already spoken about it with the president when we were together in the [cup] final and spoke to all the people who want me there," the Chelsea forward said. "It's complicated, but I've always said that I would like to retire at Barcelona. However, I know it's difficult because the years go by and the club has the best players in the world, it is a very demanding club and to return there is complicated. But I do not rule it out either."
Pedro has now refused to deny that he would like to move back to Barcelona but clarifying that the a deal between Chelsea and the La Liga giants for the coming transfer window is unlikely.
"Yes. I was asked many things and always say the truth. Obviously I miss Barca because it means a lot to me. When they asked me, I always say that I hope to return one day because I would like to retire at this great club but at the other side. I know that is very difficult, almost unlikely that I can return. But perhaps it looked that I was going back this summer and that's difficult," he explained to RAC 1.
"I have a contract at Chelsea. This is just my first year there. I am very calm and very comfortable at Chelsea. I have been welcomed in the best possible way and in that sense it will also be difficult (to leave them). It was a very difficult season (for the team). When I arrived everything was fine, but then we had a very bad streak, the coach was sacked... we tried to reverse the situation but it was difficult. Luckily I was able to play a lot of minutes to adapt to the league and in this sense and I am happy."
Meanwhile, asked about his talks with Barcelona president during the Copa del Rey final, Pedro explained: "We talked about the team, not me, about how I had seen the team and my former teammates during the season... That was the talk. It was not about my possible return."
"When I left, he already told me that I'll always have the club doors open and that honours him. Then I told him that for me it was very important because the feelings I have for the club where I grew up. And obviously I would like to come back but it will be difficult."