KEY POINTS

  • Pedro is a product of Barca's youth academy, La Masia
  • He was once Barca's regular front-line member with Leo Messi and David Villa
  • He has scored 29 goals for Chelsea since he joined them in 2015

Former FC Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez reportedly has spoken to Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique about his wish to return to Nou Camp.

The Spanish winger, a product of Barca’s renowned La Masi academy, played for Barca’s senior team between 2008 and 2015. In 204 caps for the Catalans, Pedro netted as many as 58 times as he had a roller coaster ride at Nou Camp. At times, he was a regular starter in the front-line along with Messi and David Villa and at other times, he was a secondary player in the team but his determination and perseverance earned him much respect and love from Barca fans across the globe.

After a spell of eight years with his boyhood club, Pedro like many others, went chasing his dream of playing in England’s Premier League. When he joined Chelsea in 2015, he received a heart-warming farewell from his club and teammates as he left as a La Liga winner, European champion and a World Cup winner with both club and country.

Having scored 29 goals in 65 matches, across competitions for Chelsea, Pedro has had a decent run at Stamford Bridge where he has collected a few more trophies for his cabinet including the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup. Under the management of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, Pedro had a crucial role in the team but he has lost that place under Chelsea’s newest manager, Frank Lampard.

Pedro has barely got any playtime under Lampard this season where he has scored just two goals and three assists. While Pedro’s contract is due to expire at the end of June, Lampard has quite made it clear that he has no plans to offer Pedro fresh terms.

According to news reports from Spanish media house, Don Balon, 33-year-old Pedro has passed on his request to return to Barca through his close friends, Messi and Pique. It is also understood that Pedro has agreed to accept a contract even if it means, he’ll be offered a lowered salary and a secondary role in the team.