Pedro would play as a full-back for Enrique

Pedro Rodriguez said that he sees himself as a striker but the Barcelona man is prepared to play wherever Luis Enrique asks him to play.

Javier Miguel

The Canary Islander appeared before the media at St.George's Park on Tuesday, joking that he would use the afternoon off, as awarded by Enrique, to "sleep and rest".

All of the players seem happy to have traded in a long-distance tour for something a bit more peaceful.

"We are working really well, the facilities are incredible and it's nice and quite. Compared with the tours, this is much better," Pedro said.

He spoke about many other issues too, such as his future in the team and his position on the pitch, even commenting on the option of playing as an attacking full-back under the new Barça boss.

"With [Vicente] Del Bosque, in the national team, I've training a few times as a full-back," Pedro confessed.

"But I feel most comfortable playing in attack because that is my natural position. However, if Luis Enrique needs me as a full-back one time, I will play there without problems."

The 27-year-old also spoke about the doubts that exist, or at least existed, around his future at the club.

"Last season there were lots of things and I wanted to know my future," he continued.

"I spoke with [Andoni] Zubizarreta; the club had confidence in me and so too did Luis Enrique. And so I am here with the idea of continuing to work as hard as ever.

"I didn't have any concrete offers, but I want to know if they trusted in me."

On the arrival of Luis Suarez, Pedro added that "we are accustomed to this situation. Every year a great striker signs, but also we have [Gerard] Deulofeu, Rafinha and me that can play further forward.

"It's important to have a good pre-season, because the competition is really tough for places... but there have already been strikers like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Thierry] Henry and [Samuel] Eto'o and I have learned from all of them and it's no different with Luis Suarez."

Having worked with Enrique when he was managing Barça B, Pedro doesn't feel his new coach has changed much.

"He is exactly the same as he was then," he said, "a coach with clear ideas, works intensely and does some really good stuff physically."

Finally, Pedro said it will be "difficult to repeat the success from the Pep Guardiola era, but that idea is nice. We are working well and there is a clear idea of how to play and that is the objective."


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