Barca president dismisses reports about PSG bid on Pedro
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has rubbished reports suggesting the Catalan giants are at the table with Paris Saint-Germain discussing selling winger Pedro Rodriguez. Rosell revealed that Barcelona haven’t even received a bid for the Spanish forward.
A report on Radio Marca on Monday suggested that Paris Saint-Germain had placed €40 million bid on Pedro. Rosell claims reports about Pedro’s departure were based on mere speculation and that the Spain international had no intentions of leaving the La Liga champions.
Meanwhile, reports about Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in Barcelona players is very true. The Ligue 1 champions tried to make an unbelievably audacious attempt at stealing Barcelona’s crown jewel Lionel Messi. The French club has also tried to sign in Cristian Tello.
Pedro or his agent haven’t aired any official statements on leaving Barcelona and are not expected to make any either. The 26-year-old Barcelona-bred forward has time and again announced desire to finish his career with the Catalan giants. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that Pedro would have handed in a transfer request.
Rosell is adamant about not losing players from his squad. In his press conference on Monday, Rosell confirmed that Barcelona had received no offers for Pedro from Paris Saint-Germain.
“We have received no offer from PSG for Pedro,” Rosell said.
A report on Marca on Tuesday quoted Pedro saying that he was honored to see Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in him but he was satisfied with his career at Barcelona. Pedro has been preferred over Barcelona’s €57 million signing Neymar in all three games this season.
“I am just thinking about triumphing at Barcelona,” Pedro said. “But it makes you proud when other clubs are interested in you.”
In the press conference Rosell also talked about the three-year shirt sponsorship deal Barcelona has signed Qatar Airways. Rosell revealed that Barcelona will pocket €30 million in the first, €32 million in the second and €33.5 million in the third year. Barcelona will also win a bonus of €5 million if they win the Champions League during this period.
“We are with Qatar Airways in the search for excellence,” Rosell said. “As well as sponsoring FC Barcelona, they are also indirectly sponsoring the city of Barcelona and Catalonia.”
Rosell also confirmed that the Catalan giants had no intentions of selling the naming rights to 99,786-seater stadium of Barcelona, Camp Nou.
“We have not thought about changing the name of the Camp Nou to include Qatar Airways,” Rosell added.