Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique wants Pedro stay

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique and Pedro

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Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique says he wants Pedro to remain at the club this season amid interest from Premier League giants Manchester United.

The Spain international has been a target for the Red Devils the whole summer and Louis van Gaal is desperate to add more attacking options to his squad after allowing Robin van Persie to leave.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a hugely successful time at the Camp Nou with the winger picking up five La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey’s and three Champions League winners medal’s amongst a long list of accolades.

Opportunities were limited last season though with Enrique preferring to use Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi as the trio up-front.

The Spaniard did make 35 La Liga appearances last season but 20 of these came from the substitute’s bench and the forward is looking for regular starting chances.

United are rumoured to be weighing up a bid worth more than £20million but Enrique is hoping Pedro snubs interest and stay with the Catalans.

“Pedro is a high-level player and as a coach I want him to stay here, but is his decision,” he said.

“There will only be exits if someone wants to leave and at the moment we don’t have news about this.”

There have been conflicting reports about Pedro’s future in recent days with the player’s mother saying he will leave for the Premier League while club president Jose Maria Bartomeu insists there have been no bids received.

Barcelona won the treble last season and they open their La Liga account away at Athletic Bilbao on August 23 with the visitors 1.36 favourites, a draw is 4.75 while the hosts are priced at 8.00.

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