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"I don't know if I'll be asked to leave. We'll see what happens"

Barcelona forward Pedro speaks about his role in the side this season and his future at the club ahead of Athletic at the weekend.

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Pedro Rodríguez at Thursday's press conference. | FERNANDO ZUERAS

Pedro Rodríguez appeared in front of the cameras to talk Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Luis Suárez and his place in the squad.

Athletic: ""We've always found it hard to win there."

Competition in the squad this season: "The players that are here are very important players and they score a lot of goals. I can only work hard and try to help the team."

Happy at Barça in a back-up role: "Every year it's complicated to play here because I'm competing against the best players on the planet. It's difficult to be 100-percent happy, but I feel comfortable here. Those us who have fewer minutes want to play. I don't know if they'll ask me to leave. I'm happy here and I want to continue but I don't know what might happen tomorrow. We'll talk at the end of the season."

Change in form: "We've been working the same as we always do but we're in a good dynamic in terms of results and morale. We are on a good run and we're all in good shape physically. Hopefully we'll have something to show for it at the end of the season."

Madrid derby: "It's a difficult game but we have to think about ourselves. If [Madrid] slip up, it would be welcome."

Playing at right back: "I've never played there, although I have played at left back in training for Spain. But I'm a forward. It's difficult to play there because you have to watch your line with the centre backs, defend... It's not my natural position but if they want to convert me I'll be happy to do it."

Neymar – Messi: "Neymar could get to the same level; he's a great player and full of confidence. If he carries on like this, he'll be the best in the world. We congratulated him today because it's his birthday. He's happy here and that's important for the team."

Mental strength: "We've proved we have it. Above all against Atlético, a very intense opponent. That gave us a confidence boost for the Liga and for the semi-finals against Villarreal."

Luis Suárez: "The first season is always difficult but he's full of beans. He's giving it everything and he's scored some important goals. Maybe he's been a bit unlucky, but he's adapting well."

Change to counter-attack: "I don't think we've changed that much. Maybe with Luis in the side we take advantage more of breaks, but the philosophy remains the same and all of the club coaches are sticking to it."

Position in team: "It's always been the same. Help out in defence and try to open the pitch up in attack. That's what Luis Enrique asks of us."

Situation in the league: "If we fall seven points behind it will difficult to pull them back, but there are a lot of games left and they have some tough away trips, as do we."

 
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