Replica Barcelona shirts bearing Pedro’s name and number have written a heart-felt open letter to the Spanish star pleading with him to stay at the Camp Nou, as they fear for their future should he depart.
The 28-year-old, who sports the number 7 shirt for the Catalan giants, is expected to move to Chelsea after his release fee of €21 million was met, despite there being longstanding interest from Manchester United.
However, should Pedro – as expected – complete the move to London, his shirts, as well as posters and mugs that bear his likeness in Barcelona’s famed strip, face the unwelcome prospect of being thrown away, and thus never being worn in all their polyester glory by fans from Aiguamúrcia to Vilanova i la Geltrú.
The letter, signed by a host of home and away shirts, says: ‘We understand your desire to move clubs and experience new cultures and even get more playing time, but please spare a thought for us. We were made for you, for your fans. If you leave, what happens to Home Shirt Pedro7L#00474? What fate awaits Away Shirt Pedro7M#06504?’
Third Shirt Neymar11XS#01760 told reporters: ‘When players move clubs, very little thought is ever given to the merchandise that bears his name. If we’re lucky, like Victor Valdes’s unsold jerseys were, we get sent to Africa to be worn by kids who couldn’t afford us normally. That’s fantastic, and win-win for everybody. But, as we saw when Oleguer left for Ajax, if you’re not the most popular player in the world, and the shirt isn’t very nice – which is most certainly the case this year – sometimes no one wants you, and at best you’re going to end up as a rag for a tramp to wash his nether’s with.
‘Seriously, won’t anyone think of the children’s shirts?’, it added.
Pedro is expected to complete his move to Stamford Bridge in the next few days.