£21m Chelsea signing DEFENDS choice to sign for Barcelona’s fierce enemy

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Chelsea forward Pedro has defended his decision to leave Liga BBVA giants Barcelona and sign for a team managed by Jose Mourinho, Mirror Sport reports.

The 28-year-old joined the reigning Barclays Premier League champions for a reported fee of £21.1million last month, just days after helping Barca clinch the UEFA Super Cup by scoring a dramatic winner in extra-time against Sevilla.

His move to West London had reportedly raised a few eyebrows in Catalonia because of Mourinho’s fiery past with the club during his time with fierce rivals Real Madrid.

The Portuguese manager once poked the late Tito Vilanova in the eye during a Spanish Super Cup tie at the Nou Camp a few seasons ago [via Telegraph Sport] and also hinted that there was a campaign to ensure Barca progressed to the 2011 UEFA Champions League final [via Guardian Sport].

However, Pedro has put all that bad blood to one side and insists he has no problems working for the Blues boss:

“The past is there and there are people who will not forgive what happened (between Mourinho and Barcelona), but athletes have a different way of valuing things,” the winger said.

“The truth is that one has an image of him that when you know him, changes a lot. It’s not what it seems.”

“I like the way Mourinho works. I feel comfortable. He has a positive and winning mentality. I am delighted because I like nothing better than winning,” Pedro added.

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Pedro has enjoyed a decent start to life in England as he’s already opened his account for the club with a goal on his debut against West Brom and has registered an assist in both of his appearances so far against the Baggies and Crystal Palace.

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