Pedro likely departure not a tragedy for Barcelona


Although Pedro Rodriguez has given everything to contribute to the club's unprecedented success in recent years, the time is now right for the player to take a starring role elsewhere and, as a result, allow space for upcoming talented La Masia youngsters such as Munir El Haddadi or Adama Traore to have a proper shot at showing their worth in the Blaugranas' first team.

Despite the controversy surrounding his future, Pedro and the club's board agreed to extend his Barcelona contract until the summer of 2019 just five weeks ago in a move that surprised many in the Catalan capital. Why would a player who is consistently benched at the peak of his career agree to stay a further four seasons behind the shadows of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and even newcomer Arda Turan?


According to Mundo Deportivo, the club's board agreed to reduce his buyout clause from €150 million to just €30 million as part of last month's deal, in what can only be interpreted as a move by both parties to make an eventual departure much more likely, a mutually beneficial deal for player and club.

READ my full column "Pedro's Barcelona exit would not be the end of the world" for ESPN here.

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