Chelsea midfielder admits he held talks about a summer transfer

Pedro Rodriguez spoke to Barcelona about a possible transfer back to the Spanish club over the summer

Pedro Rodriguez has revealed that he held talks with Barcelona about a possible return to Spain in the summer but is now happy at Chelsea.

The Spain international has failed to deliver consistent performances for the Blues since his transfer to the club in the summer of 2015 under Jose Mourinho.

However, Pedro appears to be in good form this season and scored Chelsea’s opener in their 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The winger has only started three games for Antonio Conte’s men in the Premier League this season but has scored one goal and laid on three assists for his team-mates.

And although the 29-year-old admits that he was open to securing a move back to Spain, he now is focused on performing for Chelsea.

Speaking in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC-1, Pedro said: “I spoke to Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and it looked as thought I’d return to Barcelona last summer, but I think the talks were given more importance than they really had,

“It is difficult to return, even with everything you remember from your old club.

“If you asked me if I’d like to go back, my answer is obvious, because it is a great club where I have great team-mates and a fanbase that appreciates me.

“I’ve always said I’d like to retire at Barcelona but it is very difficult, almost impossible at this point.”

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Chelsea are preparing to travel to Southampton in their next Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.

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