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Thursday 8 December 2016

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique: I want Pedro to stay and fight for his place

Manchester United are interested in Pedro
Manchester United are interested in Pedro
Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, whose side host AS Roma in a friendly tonight, would not be drawn on the future of forward Pedro Rodriguez who is being linked with a move to Manchester United.

"He is a high standard player that has already won everything. He has proven his qualities with good performances both for the club and the (Spanish) national team," Enrique (pictured) said.

"As his coach I want him to stay. I know him since he was in the second team. But I repeat the same thing, there is no news and only the player can give news."

Enrique is expecting an even greater impact from Luis Suarez this season with the cloud of disciplinary problems no longer hanging over the Uruguay striker.

Suarez was unable to make his competitive debut for Barca until October last year following his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.

He still enjoyed a successful season, although his goal tally of 16 was behind team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar who scored 43 and 22 respectively.

He has been scoring freely in pre-season games though and Enrique is anticipating a fast start by the 28-year-old.

"This year he has the extra motivation of starting the competition from the beginning. He has done a very good pre-season in every match he played."

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