Liverpool summer transfer target Pedro claims he’s never considered leaving Barcelona.
The left sided attacker has been frequently linked with a switch to Anfield, as Brendan Rodgers looks to improve the attack of his team following the exit of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
However, Pedro has revealed that he’s only thinking about Barca, confirming that he’ll stay with the Spanish giants for at least another season.
“My plan has always been to stay here - I never hesitated. [Barça] are my lifelong club and I'm delighted to be here for another year,” he’s quoted by Spanish website Marca.
It makes sense for the Spaniard to stay put, especially considering the recent departure of Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal.
Sanchez played predominantly on the left for Barca and his absence means that Pedro stands a good chance of playing regularly on that side of midfield, interchanging with Brazilian superstar Neymar.
It shouldn’t be considered a blow to Liverpool because while signing him would have been positive, the club did well to capture Lazar Markovic from Benfica.
Markovic is a player who provides Liverpool’s midfield with balance, which was lacking at times last season and he also allows the side to play a wider formation.
Had a deal for Markovic fallen through, Pedro could have been a priority for Brendan Rodgers and his commitment to Barcelona would have given the Reds boss more of a problem.
The 27-year-old’s current deal with Barca expires in the summer of 2016, which means it will likely be this time next year that the Spanish club consider renewing his contract.
If Liverpool are in the market for a wide man at that point, they stand a better chance of getting him then.