Pedro urges Barcelona fans to support Fabregas

The winger has called on the Blaugrana faithful to back the midfielder and under-fire goalkeper Jose Pinto, and feels Lionel Messi is forced to carry the weight of expectation
Barcelona attacker Pedro has urged the club's fans to get behind Cesc Fabregas as questions over his future at the club begin to surface.

The 26-year-old was the subject of bids from Manchester United last summer, but Barca promptly rejected the Premier League champions' advances as Gerardo Martino made it clear Fabregas was very much part of his plans at Camp Nou.

However, the midfielder's form has taken an alarming dip of late, leading to speculation that the club would be willing to listen to offers again at the end of the season, while 50 per cent of Blaugrana fans in a poll in Spanish media outlet Marca suggested that they think the former Arsenal man should be sold.

Pedro, however, insists the supporters should get behind his compatriot, as well as under-fire goalkeeper Jose Pinto, who has delivered a string of shaky performances in the absence of the injured Victor Valdes.

"We feel bad because they are team-mates and work every day, but it's the fans who will decide," he told reporters after the 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

"They are important players for us and we encourage them, and we ask the fans to be with them."

Pedro also praised the efforts of Sunday's match-winner Lionel Messi, claiming the Argentine is able to lift the performance of the entire squad despite having to bear the constant weight of expectation.

"He is the best player in the world and we know he carries a weight for the team. When he feels good it shows throughout the side," he added.