The 27-year-old forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United [The Guardian], Liverpool [Metro] and Chelsea [Express] all understood to be considering a move for the World Cup-winning attacker.
Midfielder Busquets has fuelled the transfer rumours by indicating that he is aware of Pedro’s unease at his current situation at Barca.
“Yes, I have spoken to him but I won’t tell you what he said,” Busquets began, as reported by the Mirror.
“It was a private conversation. I would want him to stay, I would love him to stay.
“He’s a friend of mine and it will be his final decision. He wants to play more and get more minutes. That’s what he wants,” the player continued.
“But we are in a team of great players and it’s hard for him. Finally, it will be his decision, but I hope he stays.”
Pedro has enjoyed vast success at the Nou Camp, winning three Champions League titles, two Club World Cups, two Super Cups, five La Liga titles, three Spanish Cups and four Spanish Super Cups.
However, the recent arrivals of Neymar and Luis Suarez have pushed the forward down the pecking order, and he was reduced to a bit-part role last season.
The wideman managed 35 appearances in the Spanish top flight last term, but while 20 came from the bench, he only managed 15 starts. He scored six goals and contributed six assists, but his return was overshadowed by the magnificent performances of the Brazilian and Uruguayan superstars, as well as Lionel Messi.
The forward’s reasonable £22 million fee release clause [Mirror] should make him an appealing option for any of his EPL suitors, particularly if they could offer him regular first-team football.
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