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Unhappy Pedro denies Mourinho contact

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Lionel Messi (right) and Pedro Rodriguez celebrate a goal for Barcelona. PHOTO/File

Lionel Messi (right) and Pedro Rodriguez celebrate a goal for Barcelona. PHOTO/File

BARCELONA, July 14- Barcelona attacker Pedro has denied claims that he is in contact with Jose Mourinho about a move to Chelsea, but remains unhappy with his situation.

The 27-year-old Spain international has spent his entire career at Camp Nou after coming through the club’s famed academy, La Masia, and making his senior debut in 2008.

But eight seasons with Barca and over 50 international caps later he is still not a guaranteed starter, and spent last season as an understudy to big-name signings Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Pedro’s buyout clause was recently reduced, leading to speculation that he wants to leave Barca and was considering a switch to the Blues, which he has now dismissed.

“I did not talk to Mourinho,” he said. “That would have been disrespectful to Barcelona. It is true that it was agreed to lower the buy-out clause and it is also true that there are offers.

“It is a difficult situation. You want more minutes, more options, to be at the forefront of things but things are getting more difficult for me. I have won many titles and this fills me with satisfaction and joy, but you have to have the ambition to keep improving and play regularly.

“I wish I could stay at Barca but it is a very demanding club. It’s hard at the top level, so we’ll see what happens. But obviously one is happier when one can play.”

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