Dani Alves hopes Pedro stays at Barcelona despite Manchester United interest

Dani Alves hopes Pedro stays at Barcelona despite Manchester United interest

Barcelona defender Dani Alves hopes Pedro will remain at Barcelona amid reports that the 28-year-old is set to join Manchester United.

The Spaniard has played at the Nou Camp for ten seasons but struggled for regular game time last term as the deadly triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar proved to be irreplaceable.

Pedro, who wants regular game time, is reportedly keen on a move to Old Trafford.

However, Alves, a teammate of Pedro for seven years, hopes that he will stay at Barcelona.

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“Ultimately the decisions don’t come to me, they are for other people,” Alves said.

“The more people interfere, the harder the decision is. Of course if I had to make the decision it would be for him to stay here for many more years.”

Pedro’s likely departure has agitated the Catalan giants to an unexpected extent. In response to these rumours, Luis Enrique was quick to note that he wanted the Spaniard to stay at the club.

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Alves’ feelings over Pedro are indicative of how highly the club rates the winger. A goalscoring winger with energy to burn, the Spaniard is an imperious attacking threat who also tracks back. Barcelona, in spite of the plethora of attacking bravado at their disposal, value what Pedro brings to a football pitch.

However, somebody with 18 major honours in seven years shouldn’t be a squad player at any club. With the No.9 shirt tantalisingly vacant at Old Trafford, regular game time under Louis van Gaal may be an offer too good to pass up.

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