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Arsenal, L’Pool target Pedro in Barca exit talk


PEDRO-COPAMADRID, April 2- Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez has admitted he could leave the club in the summer, although he said for the moment he will just concentrate on finishing the season well.

La Masia graduate Pedro won two Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles and two Copas del Rey during his first six seasons as a first-team regular at the Camp Nou.

The 27-year-old has, however, featured less regularly during the 2014-15 campaign, only really playing when one of first-choice South American trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are rested or injured.

Speaking after La Roja’s 2-0 friendly defeat in the Netherlands on Tuesday night, he told Al Primer Toque that it was “logical” that there would talk of a summer move given his current situation.

Arsenal and Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs who have been recently linked with moves for the attacker — who has also won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 trophies with Spain.

“When you do not have playing time, of course you do not feel one of the important players,” Pedro said.

“Playing few games, not many minutes, it is normal that there can be talk of leaving, that is logical. It is the same for all players, everyone wants to play. When you do not play in important games, then it is a difficult situation.”

For the moment, however, his focus was on helping Barca’s push to win silverware in La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, Pedro said.

“There is a lot of talk at the moment, I am relaxed although it is a difficult situation,” he said.

“The most important thing is to remain calm and finish the season well. I hope I can help the team. From there we will weigh things up and see what can be done. There is no decision made yet — at the moment I am with the club and just focusing on finishing the season well.”

Tuesday’s friendly in Amsterdam saw Pedro reach 50 caps for Spain, but it was disappointing on both a personal and collective level as he himself missed two clear first-half chances, while the team slumped to their latest defeat.

“I am happy [to reach 50], and hope for many more games here, but we are not happy with the game,” he said. “In the first half we had chances, I had some too, dominating from there the game, the same in the second half. But we were not able to manage to score. You are never satisfied when you lose, but the team did keep fighting until the end and stuck to our clear idea of play.”

Centre-half Gerard Pique told reporters that he was disappointed but not too concerned with the defeat, as preparing for competitive games was the most important objective.