Register Login Scores

International Transfers

Pedro: Why I Chose Chelsea Over Man Utd

Former FC Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez has explained why he chose Chelsea over Manchester United.

Read: Pedro: Why I Joined Chelsea

The 28-year-old was closely linked to the Red Devils during the transfer window, but, after a last-minute bid from Chelsea, he ended up at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro, though, insisted Van Gaal’s treatment of his Spain teammates Victor Valdes and David De Gea was not the reason why he chose to join Jose Mourinho's team instead of the Dutchman's.

"No. It's true that I don't like that treatment for my colleagues, especially for Victor, who has been a reference as a teammate and as a professional," he told Marca.

"I don't believe it's fair, but it didn't influence my decision.

"I just saw that Manchester didn't take that step, that they were taking too long and I needed a team to start. Chelsea were more decisive."

Pedro also revealed he spoke with Valdes before his transfer to England, and insisted the United outcast didn’t speak badly about his current club.

"He told me that the club (United) was very good and there was a great fan following, that his only problem was the situation with the coach.

"He spoke very well of the club. It's a great club but I believe I have chosen well to join Chelsea, I'm convinced.

"I had an important chat with Mourinho, who told me that he wanted me, that with me they would have a better team and he said many things that I liked to hear.

"That, combined with the possibility to live in London, was what made me decide."

Read: Mourinho: Why I Signed Pedro

Pedro joined Chelsea after seven years at Barcelona. He scored one goal and assisted a further two in his first two outings for the Blues.

Do you think Van Gaal’s treatment of Valdes and De Gea played a role in Pedro’s decision? Have your say in the comments section below.

Pedro: I Didn’t Leave Barca For More Money

Hernandez: Why I Left Man Utd

Hazard: Why I Can't Be Like Messi & Ronaldo

32 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Clear-Out Continues With 7 More…

268 Jul 27, 2021 06:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

2 Jul 27, 2021 07:25 PM in World News

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

52 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players In Running For 2021 Ballon D'Or

47 Jul 21, 2021 09:25 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Begin Trimming Squad, Second Exit Imminent

34 Jul 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Official: Chiefs Unveil New Home & Away Kits

59 Aug 01, 2021 08:34 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Katsande To Bounce Back In New Colours?

33 Aug 02, 2021 07:04 PM in PSL

Swallows Confirm ‘Big Fish’ Signing

22 Aug 02, 2021 05:09 PM in PSL

Chiefs Announce More Contract Business

107 Jul 27, 2021 04:16 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Former Pirates Star To Replace R17m Ahly-Bound Star?

16 Jul 27, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pirates Player Exit Imminent...

6 Jul 26, 2021 07:58 PM in Orlando Pirates