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Pedro laughs off rift rumours

Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez says there is no problem between David Villa and Lionel Messi.

The pair had a heated discussion on the pitch during a win over Granada earlier this season, when Villa opted to shoot rather than pass to Ballon d’Or winner Messi, leading to rumours of a breakdown in their relationship.

“There are many things happening on the field in every team,” Pedro told Marca.

“Sometimes he (Messi) shoots and we complain too. Messi and Villa? People talk too much, we laugh at these kind of things.”

Spain international Pedro also expressed his delight after scoring twice in his country’s 5-1 victory over Panama on Wednesday.

“I’m very happy, not for me but for the team,” he said.

“I feel more comfortable in every game and every time I play more minutes.

“I’m luckier with Spain than with Barcelona. I feel good in both teams, but it seems I’m luckier with the national team.

“I had an inconsistent season (in 2011/2012). I had injuries, (played) few minutes and I didn’t feel confident. I thought I’d never be the same again, but I kept working and things are fixed now.”

The winger, who is awaiting the birth of his son, went on to praise Messi and responded to suggestions Barca’s style of football is no longer entertaining.

“Playing by his (Messi’s) side is a privilege. I’ll tell my son about him. The one who could do things that nobody else could,” Pedro said.

“It’s hard for us. We are supposed to play a nice and technical game. We believe in our style and we think that’s the best for football. Most people agree.”

Sat 17 Nov, 2012
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