Spain don’t play until Tuesday, but Pedro is already making all the headlines.
The Chelsea midfielder caught some flak when he made controversial comments to the Spanish media saying he was unhappy with his role on the national team, only to backtrack just hours later.
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The 28-year-old started in the 2010 World Cup final and came off the bench in the EURO 2012 final, but his role in the side this summer has been minimal.
Pedro has played just ten minutes at EURO 2016, a late substitute appearance in Spain’s opening match against the Czech Republic. Speaking to Movistar, Pedro said it was “not worth turning up” if he was not going to play.
I had different expectations when I first came here. It is difficult for me to play this role [as a substitute] and if there is no continuity it is not worth me turning up just to be part of the group.
Just hours later, he was forced to clarify his views as critics hit out at the midfielder.
I didn’t mean to attack the coach [Vicente Del Bosque] or to set the dressing room atmosphere on fire with my comments from earlier today. I’ve sorted things out with Vicente [Del Bosque] and my teammates.
I’m very grateful to be part of this team but I don’t know what my future role will be due to the quality of players we produce in our country.
Id rather go out on the pitch than sit on the bench but I’m happy I made the list, no matter if I play one minute or don’t play at all in the remainder of the European Championship.
While Pedro is trying to do right by his teammates by apologizing for his original comments, it’s pretty clear he is not content with being a bench player, and his words may cause some friction in the dressing room.
With these comments following up a disappointing campaign with Chelsea while also competing in a Spanish attack loaded with talent, it’s doubtful Pedro’s role changes anytime soon.