Chelsea forward Pedro still hopes that fellow Spain international Diego Costa will remain at the club.
Costa was Chelsea’s top scorer last season with 20 goals and he set up seven more in 35 league starts to help the Blues win the Premier League, but the 28-year-old announced earlier this month he would be leaving this summer after receiving a text message from coach Antonio Conte stating he was not counting on his services despite player having two years left on his contract.
Pedro, who has played with Costa the past two campaigns in London, told Cadena Ser radio: “We will see what happens to Diego but we don’t know.
“He is obviously a very important player in attack for us. He has scored the majority of the goals for us this season.
“He is a player feared by defenders because he is fast. He scores with ease.
“Diego gives you an added strength and more so in this league, because he is strong, he scores and he has good physical condition.
“If eventually it is confirmed that he will not continue with us, it will be a very big loss for us.
“It’s early days but I hope as a player and friend that he can stay with us.”
Costa reportedly had a training ground bust-up with Conte in January and was linked with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian soon after. However, Pedro says too much was made of the incident.
“I don’t know what type of relationship they have but I think it’s a good one,” he said. “Diego has played everything, he has achieved all the goals that the coach set him. In the changing room and on the pitch, we haven’t seen anything strange between them.”
Costa, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014 from Atletico Madrid after the English club triggered his £32 million release clause, and has said he would welcome a return but the Liga side cannot register new players until January 2018 due to a FIFA transfer ban.