Pedro spent last week trying to create controversy at Chelsea with his comments about wanting to (eventually) leave and return to Barcelona and then his weak follow-up to them after they were spun into sensationalist transfer rumors and headlines. Turns out, that was just practice.
On Monday, he turned his attentions towards the Spanish national team.
"I had other expectations when I arrived here. It is not what I wanted. To assume this role is difficult. If you don't see continuity, coming here to stay with the group is no longer worth it. I think situations get to that point where you have to make a decision. That happens to everyone in football."
"I'll think, I will meditate. Now is not the best time to talk, out of respect for my team-mates and my coach, who has always trusted me. I have to think."
-Pedro; source: FourFourTwo
Poorly timed, to say the least, which he does admit. So why even say them in the first place?!
Just as with the Chelsea comments, the sentiment itself isn't all that shocking. Obviously, in an ideal world, he'd love to return and finish his career in Barcelona. But he knows that he's not getting any better at this point and that will make any such return harder and harder. Similarly, in an ideal world, he'd love to play every minute for Spain, but he knows that he's not getting any better at this point and it will soon be time to retire from international football and give way fully to the next generation. The sentiment is fine, but the manner and the timing in which he's expressing it is all wrong.
"I am not sorry exactly. If you asked me about my future in the national team, I would say the same (again). I have spoken to Vicente, I have spoken to the players and they understand what I was saying, so I do not really understand while this has happened."
"I am very grateful to be here and be part of this team. I have been here for six years, I am not attacking the manager or other things that have been said."
"I assume the responsibility of what I have said. If I have to say sorry to someone because I haven't liked it, I will say it. Now the most important thing is to be calm. If I have annoyed anyone or made anyone disappointed, I am sorry, but I don't think it was such a big deal."
"I always want to be involved on the pitch, so I am going to keep working hard to try to play and be in the best possible shape to help the team."
-Pedro; source: Sky
Pedro has played just 8 minutes in Spain's two games at Euro 2016 so far, but with two wins from two, he was likely going to play a larger role against the Croatia on Tuesday. Now he's created an awkward situation for Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque, who's tried to do a bit of damage control already.
"What he has said, he did not disrespect anyone. I think his conscience got the better of him a little bit and he just showed a reality of what the 12 players who are not playing all feel,Pedro was a bit angry he is not playing, that is inevitable and can happen."
"We try to get on well with everyone and for everybody to be happy and comfortable. However, it is inevitable that in certain moments with those 12 players who are not playing there will be a bit of discrepancy, that is what happened and I don't think there is anything more to it than that."
"All the news here has been positive so when something negative comes out it is blown out proportion a bit, but I don't think it will have a lot of repercussions. I don't think we should be too hard on him, and in the 50-plus games he has been here with us, he has been a very correct player."
-Vicente Del Bosque; source: Sky
We often talk about players saying all the right things in front of the media's microphones. In this case, Pedro's saying all the wrong things. That can happen when you're young and brash and outspoken (right, Romelu?), but Pedro's a wily old veteran at this point, groomed in the media cauldron of Spain. He really should know better.
As Dan Levene points out, readers of Barca-mouthpiece Sport have voted 85% in favor of booting Pedro out of the national team. Granted, overreactions and fans go hand-in-hand, but that's pretty damning, especially for a former fan favorite. Pedro better get his act together before the iron hand of Conte arrives.