Chelsea forward Pedro has conceded that it would be ‘almost impossible’ to return to Barcelona just a year after leaving the club.
The Spanish international caused concern last week after revealing in an interview with beIN Sports that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of leaving Stamford Bridge after just one year to go back to the Nou Camp.
Although the link was obvious considering his history with the Catalan giants and the level of success that he helped them enjoy during his time with the club, it did appear to be a strange move to suggest that it was possible.
In turn, he has now backtracked and insisted that it would be difficult, while there is still the likelihood that he will have an important role under Antonio Conte at Chelsea next season.
“If you ask me if I’d go back, the answer is clear because they’re a great club with great players and fans who appreciate me,” the Spain attacker told RAC1. “I’ve always said that I’d like to retire at Barca, but I know it’s very difficult, almost impossible.
“Admittedly it seemed like I was going back this summer, but I have a contract with Chelsea, I’ve only been there for a year and it’d be very difficult for [a return] to happen.”
Having been limited to a bench role for the Spaniards at Euro 2016 so far this summer, he will hope to play his part in helping La Roja defend their European crown in the coming weeks.
Given his industrious nature and work ethic off the ball combined with his attacking threat, he is seemingly likely to fit into Conte’s plans next season in some form, and he will hope to improve on his first season in England under the Italian tactician.
The 28-year-old scored nine goals and provided three assists in 43 appearances in all competitions last year, but in what was a difficult season for the club as a whole, he will likely benefit along with a number of other first-team players next season with a sense of stability under Conte and clear ideas over their roles.