Pedro to Manchester United: the picture that shows Barcelona winger is moving on

Image shows United target far away from celebrating team-mates

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Does this image show that Pedro is leaving Barcelona?

There was a striking image after Barca won the Super Cup last night, showing Manchester United target Pedro, who scored the winning goal, cutting an isolated figure away from his celebrating team-mates.

After the game, in which Barca defeated Sevilla 5-4, Pedro denied saying that he wants to leave Barcelona, but admitted that playing for United would be a "nice challenge".

Before the match, Barcelona's technical secretary Robert Fernandez said of the Spain winger, who has been strongly linked with United all summer and has a £22m release clause:

"Pedro has told me he wants to go. The buyout clause in his contract is not negotiable but this could be his final game."

Pedro then came off the bench in extra-time and struck the decisive goal in the 115th minute from close range.

The 28-year-old said afterwards that Fernandez had made some "unfortunate declarations" on him, but did say United would be a "nice challenge".

"It's not for money, as has been said – which is another lack of respect. It's a question of continuity, of minutes. I'm an ambitious player. Stay or go, I will always be of this team.


"Robert has made some very unfortunate declarations. I've crossed two words with him and he doesn't know what I've been through at the club to talk like that of me.

"I know who I am and I will always be of Barca. Such people shouldn't speak in this way. I've not said what Robert's said, or at least not how I said it.

"I'm calm, happy and I will always continue giving everything if I continue at this club. Manchester? Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides."

Pedro has scored 99 goals in 319 games for Barcelona, and has won five La Liga titles with the club.