Pedro hits out at Barca chief as he prepares to move to England
Manchester United transfer target Pedro has hit out at Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez and insisted he should not have stated publicly that he has asked to leave the club.
The Spain international may well have ended his Barcelona career on a stunning high, as the Manchester United transfer target scored the winning goal in a sensational UEFA Super Cup tie against Sevilla on Tuesday night, but that was only start of a night of dram involving the 28-year-old winger.
Champions League winners Barcelona beat Europa League kings Sevilla 5-4 in a sensational game in Tbilisi, with Pedro coming off the bench to score the extra-time winner (below) on a night when it was confirmed he has asked to leave the Catalan club.
Amid the celebrations for Barca, Fernandez revealed that Pedro is determined to bring down the curtain on his Barcelona career, as he looks to seal a £22m move to Old Trafford.
"Pedro has told me he wants to go," confirmed Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez.
"The buy-out clause in Pedro's contract is not negotiable but this could be his final game."
Yet Pedro rejected those claims and suggested Fernandez had spoken out of turn as he opened up on his future.
"The comments of Robert Fernandez are unfair," he said.
"He's made some very unfortunate declarations. I've crossed two words with him and he doesn't know what I've been through at the club to talk like that of me.
"I know who I am and I will always be of Barca. Such people shouldn't speak in this way.
"If I leave, It's not for money, as has been said - which is another lack of respect. It's a question of continuity, of minutes. I'm an ambitious player."
United boss Louis van Gaal will be signing a proven big match winner if they secure Pedro's services in the next few days, with the Spanish international who scored against his potential new employers in the 2011 Champions League final eager to start a new chapter in his career.
"If I leave, I can hold my head high," Pedro said, before being asked if he had decided to join Manchester United.
"Challenges await in many places, but whilst I'm here I'll keep giving my all as I've always done.
"I don't know if it will be my last game for Barcelona. I only want to enjoy this title."
Grandeeeeee equipo!! Hemos sufrido muchísimo pero hemos conseguido el primer título de la temporada!Campeoooooones!!! pic.twitter.com/wTpbUxyPNp— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) August 11, 2015
Europa League champions Sevilla sprung an early surprise in Tbilisi as Ever Banega's free-kick gave them a third-minute lead, but Barca swiftly turned things, with Lionel Messi netting two delightful free-kicks of his own in the seventh and 16th minutes.
The treble-winners went 3-1 up a minute before the interval through a Rafinha tap-in, and the game appeared over when Luis Suarez added a fourth seven minutes after the break.
Five minutes later, though, Sevilla had a goal back through Jose Antonio Reyes, and Kevin Gameiro's 72nd-minute penalty then reduced the deficit further before substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka levelled with nine minutes of normal time remaining.
Pedro then came off the bench in extra-time and struck the decisive goal in the 115th minute from close range and his waves to the Barca fans at the end of the game felt like his final act at a club he joined some 11 years ago.
The Manchester United No.9 shirt is not taken right now, but that may change in the next few days as the Old Trafford club are expected to meet the £22m buy-out clause in Pedro's contract and make him their next big signing.
Manchester City have also been linked with a shock move for Pedro, but United are believed to be in pole position to land the 2010 World Cup winner.
He has all the class required to become a sensation when he arrives in the Premier League.