Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma is coming to the end of his cycle at Chelsea, four-and-a-half years after arriving at Stamford Bridge. With just six months left on his contract and just 90 minutes of competitive football under his belt in the last three months, it’s quite clear that he’s heading for the exit door, either in June or in January already.
What may be after that is much more unclear. But he sure would love to go back to Barcelona, especially after missing a chance for a Camp Nou reunion during preseason.
“If they call me, I would leave everything behind. This preseason there was a possibility of returning that occurred when we faced Barcelona with Chelsea in preseason and I was talking to the coach, but the door closed quickly.”
How do you say, “here’s my number, call me, maybe” in Catalan?
Of course, it should come as no surprise that Pedro would want to return to the club where he made his name, playing alongside some of the biggest stars and best players the world’s ever seen. He considered leaving for Chelsea a challenge — especially Mourinho’s Chelsea! — one that he largely passed with flying colors not to mention three new trophies for his overflowing trophy cabinet, including a Premier League, an FA Cup, and a Europa League title as well. He could now return home in peace.
“[I left] because I was always brave, Neymar arrived and I got to play less often, things that happen in football. But I have nothing to reproach [then manager] Luis Enrique, he was always honest with me.
“The easy thing would [have been] to stay and settle. I was in what I consider my house with a good salary, but Mourinho’s offer convinced me and I went to try Chelsea.”
-Pedro; Source: L’Esportiu via AS
Barcelona have shown a willingness to sign older players to fill out their squad in recent seasons, such as Arturo Vidal or Kevin-Prince Boateng, so perhaps Pedro will get this final career wish, too.