Pedro: Barcelona changes will be good for team

The winger is sad that some players have left Camp Nou but believes the overhauling of the squad will be the start of a new era at the club

Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez is confident the grand turnover of players and staff at the club this summer will prove fruitful in the long term.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes revealed he would depart Camp Nou long before his contract expired at the end of last season, while captain Carles Puyol recently announced his retirement from the game.

Cesc Fabregas has also moved on to Chelsea, as new boss Luis Enrique reshapes the club in his vision, while second choice keeper Jose Manuel Pinto has been allowed to move on. 

Barcelona have acted swiftly to bring in fresh talent as well, with 31-year-old Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo arriving from Real Sociedad and 22-year-old shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen signing from Borussia Monchengladbach.

With the club still negotiating with Premier League side Liverpool for striker Luis Suarez - which could see Alexis Sanchez go the other way - Pedro has admitted he has mixed feelings over the current transition.

"It's a shame that captains like Valdes and Puyol have left,” he told Spanish TV station, TV3.

"There is a big turnover in the staff and players – but many changes like that can be good for the team.”

The 26-year-old’s future has been up in the air after the Spain international recently admitted he was unsure whether he would still be playing at Barcelona next season.

Pedro was regularly substituted for the club last term, despite featuring in 37 of the Catalan giants league games, resulting in the winger being linked with a move away from the Spanish giants this summer.

But, Pedro has revealed that he has been reassured about his role at the club by sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

"Zubizarreta made me calmer, they were nice statements, and what’s the most important is how I do my job," he said.