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Pedro Says He'd 'Leave It All' to Rejoin Barcelona Amid Chelsea Exit Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 27, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Pedro of Chelsea FC arrives at the ground ahead of the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Chelsea winger Pedro has said he's prepared to "leave it all" and rejoin Barcelona if his former club comes calling when his contract at Stamford Bridge expires next summer.

The 32-year-old left the Camp Nou in August 2015 and joined the Blues for £19 million, but speculation regarding his future is again on the rise as he approaches the end of his deal.

Pedro spoke to L'Esportiu (h/t Marca) and was open to the thought of rejoining the Blaugrana five years after his departure: 

"If they call me, I'd leave it all.

"There was a moment this pre-season, when we played against Barcelona, that, after speaking to [Ernesto Valverde], I saw a chance [of returning].

"But the door closed quickly. At this moment, I don't know what is going to happen to me, only that I finish my contract at Chelsea at the end of the season."

The Canary Islands native joined Barcelona's academy in 2004 and made his senior debut four years later. He went on to win La Liga five times and the UEFA Champions League on three occasions across a seven-year career at the Camp Nou.

Pedro spoke to Radio Club Tenerife in early December and appeared to suggest he will see out his contract with Chelsea and leave Stamford Bridge at the end of his campaign (via The Athletic's Simon Johnson):

Simon Johnson @SJohnsonSport

Pedro on his #cfc future to Radio Club Tenerife: "There are offers,there are always clubs that are interested & that is a joy. I still have years to play but you're thinking about what things are going on.I'm running out of contract at Chelsea, I'm free & we'll see what happens."

Blues manager Frank Lampard has preferred Brazil international Willian on the right wing this season, restricting the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner Pedro to just four Premier League starts.

The Spaniard returned to the bench for the 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at home to Southampton, having sat out the previous four top-flight games, playing a six-minute cameo off the bench.

Sky Sports cited recent rumours that Chelsea are interested in a £120 million deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

Liam Twomey of The Athletic pondered the future of Christian Pulisic as a potential heir to Pedro on the right wing:

Liam Twomey @liam_twomey

My current Sancho PL suitor rankings (where does he make most sense?): 1) City - could slot straight in at RW 2) Chelsea - mates with Tammy/CHO but what about Pulisic? 3) United - need a superstar but have good wingers 4) Liverpool - already have world’s best front three

Ernesto Valverde could warm to the thought of welcoming back a club hero to Catalonia, and the low-cost nature of a possible deal might appeal.

However, Barcelona have budding wide options in Ansu Fati, 17, and Carles Perez, 21, meaning a move for Pedro looks unlikely even if he is available on a free transfer.