• Pedro looked set to move to Manchester United before Chelsea swooped
  • Spain international swapped Barcelona for west London this summer
  • Pedro says his decision was not down to treatment of friend Victor Valdes
  • Former Barca man claims Manchester United dragged their feet too long 

Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Chelsea forward Pedro has admitted that Manchester United’s treatment of his former team-mate Victor Valdes had an effect on him as he mulled over his future this summer.

The Spain winger stops short of saying it was what made him move to London over Manchester, instead saying United dragged their feet too much over his signing.

But in an interview in Marca published in Spain on Thursday, he does show disapproval of the way his long-term friend has been treated.

Asked if it was why he did not end up playing for Louis van Gaal, Pedro says: ‘No. It’s true that I don’t like to see my team-mates treated in this way, especially Victor who has always been a great friend to me and a top professional.

 Pedro admits Manchester United’s treatment of pal Victor Valdes is not fair but it’s not why he chose Chelsea

Valdes has struggled for playing time since arriving at Manchester United and has been told he can leave

Valdes has struggled for playing time since arriving at Manchester United and has been told he can leave

Pedro claims Manchester United dragged their feet too much so he made the decision to move to Chelsea

Pedro claims Manchester United dragged their feet too much so he made the decision to move to Chelsea

Valdes told Pedro the only thing he didn’t like about Manchester United was his situation with Louis van Gaal

‘I don’t think it’s fair, but it didn’t influence my decision. I saw that United had not taken the next step (in signing me) and I needed a team to start the season with. Chelsea were very decisive. I am convinced I have chosen well.’

Amid speculation that United’s Spanish players, such as Valdes, had warned him against playing for Van Gaal, Pedro said Valdes only said positive things about the club.

‘I spoke a lot with Victor,’ he says. ‘He said it was a very good club with great fans and that the only problem he had was the situation with his coach.’

Pedro’s decision to go to Chelsea raised eyebrows at Barcelona where Mourinho’s ‘Clasico Wars’ are still fresh in the minds. But the former Barça forward said working for him was very different to having to face him.

He said: ‘People might think it sounds strange but in a one-on-one situation Mourinho is very different. He treats you like one of his family. 

‘He shows huge respect for his players. His demands are high but if there is criticism it’s so that we can improve and become stronger. 

Former Barcelona attacker Pedro opened his Chelsea account on debut against West Bromwich Albion

Former Barcelona attacker Pedro opened his Chelsea account on debut against West Bromwich Albion

Valdes was told he could leave Manchester United this summer after failing to impress boss Van Gaal

Valdes was told he could leave Manchester United this summer after failing to impress boss Van Gaal

Pedro enjoys a meal with fellow Chelsea and Spain players Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa

Pedro enjoys a meal with fellow Chelsea and Spain players Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa

‘I had a very important conversation with him [before signing] in which he stressed what he wanted me to bring to the team. I liked what I heard and my mind was very much made up.’

Pedro also revealed that Chelsea fans have Andres Iniesta to thank for him landing at Stamford Bridge this summer. 

‘The Spain midfielder who broke Chelsea hearts in 2009 with a last-minute goal that sent Barcelona into the Champions League final instead of Gus Hiddink’s side was the driving force behind Barça allowing Pedro to move.

Pedro revealed Chelsea fans have Andres Iniesta to thank for him landing at Stamford Bridge this summer

Pedro revealed Chelsea fans have Andres Iniesta to thank for him landing at Stamford Bridge this summer

‘I had a lot of conversations,’ said Pedro. ‘But perhaps the most important was with Andres when it seemed that I was not going to leave. 

‘I explained my situation to him and he supported me and helped transmit to the club that I was not content and that they should do everything possible to allow me to leave. 

‘He behaved like a fantastic captain and a great friend and it made a big impression on me.’

Spain international Pedro is all smiles as he takes part in a Chelsea training session alongside Loic Remy

Spain international Pedro is all smiles as he takes part in a Chelsea training session alongside Loic Remy

Pedro finds the back of the net during a Chelsea training session following his move from Barcelona 

Pedro finds the back of the net during a Chelsea training session following his move from Barcelona 

 


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