Summer Chelsea signing Pedro Rodriguez has lifted the lid on his view of new manager Jose Mourinho – once a fierce La Liga rival during the Portuguese’s reign at Real Madrid – as well as revealing more on Manchester United‘s interest.
Pedro snubbed the Red Devils and sealed a £21m move to the English champions at the end of August, and looks to have settled into life in a new top flight with ease – having registered one goal and one assist in just two games for the Blues.
He appears to have no regrets:
‘Chelsea: “I think I made a good decision with Chelsea. The welcome I’ve had from everyone has been great from the start. That has made it easy for me to adapt quickly and well”.
English football: “I was used to the way Barça build up the play, playing touch football, and everything is faster in England; faster transitions. All the teams are very physical. I think it’s a very good league for me because there are spaces, a lot of counterattacking, constant opportunities”.
Substitute: “Barça have a superb attacking trident. It’s always hard to get to play at Barça. More than competing with them it was the inability to play regularly. If I had managed that, things may have been different”.
Transfer: “I saw that things weren’t progressing with Man United. It was taking time and I needed to get started with a team. Chelsea were the most determined”.
Mourinho: “Although it might sound strange to some people, Mourinho is very different in person. He treats you like one of his family. He really cares about values”‘