Chelsea star Pedro Rodriguez has admitted he would like to return to Barcelona only one year after he left the Nou Camp to move for Stamford Bridge. The Spanish international said that he has even spoken with the La Liga giants president Josep Maria Bartomeu about his potential comeback, adding that it will be complicated.
The 28-year-old forward decided to leave his childhood side in the summer of 2015 after seeing his playing time restricted following the arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool. Manchester United were heavily linked with his services but he eventually moved to Chelsea after the Blues paid around £22m to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
But Pedro has struggled so far to make the impact expected in his debut campaign in the Premier League, starting 32 games in all competitions while scoring nine goals. He had previously claimed that he was very happy in London and looking forward to improving his stats in his second season at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte.
However, speaking from the Spanish camp during a video interview with BEinSport released by Sport, he has now revealed the opposite.
"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 have 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 is complicated. But I do not rule it out either.
"I had been 11 or 12 years in Barcelona, my family is from there and also many friends. The fans loved me, I felt very valued around the club, and its always hard to leave the club of your dreams. But I have explained before in the end I had to take this decision because I saw that the possibilities (of playing) were low."
Now it remains to be seen whether Barcelona manager Luis Enrique would like to get him back at the Nou Camp. Yet, it could be an option as the La Liga champions are desperately looking to sign a player with the Chelsea star profile to serve as a back-up for Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Kevin Gameiro, Luciano Vietto or Nolito have been some of the names linked with Barcelona in recent times but the latter is now said to be close to move to Manchester City instead while the first two will not come on the cheap.