Chelsea new signing Pedro admits manager Jose Mourinho and fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas were the key reasons he agreed to join the Premier League champions. The World Cup winner has agreed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge after leaving boyhood club Barcelona.
The 28 year old moved to West London in a deal worth €30m (£21.5m, $33.8m), according to the Catalan giants, after a career at the Nou Camp that saw him win 20 major honours after coming through the much-revered La Masia academy. Sky Sports had understood that Pedro had agreed personal terms with Manchester United, before eventually deciding to move to the Blues.
Pedro becomes Chelsea's fifth first team signing of the summer transfer window, joining Radamel Falcao, Baba Rahman, Asmir Begovic and Danilo Pantic in what could be the club's last deal before the 1 September deadline. Speaking for the first time since securing his move to the Premier League, the Spain international admits both Mourinho and Fabregas played a role in the deal.
"[Mourinho] is one of the main reasons why I'm here," he told the Chelsea official website. "He phoned me a few times and said he needed me to make the team stronger. He has won titles wherever he has been. I am really looking forward to playing under him and hopefully winning more titles.
"I spoke to Cesc," the Chelsea new boy added. "We are very good friends. I knew I would feel at home here and that was one of the main reasons why I decided to join.
"He's a great player, he's got brilliant vision and he links up really well with the other attacking players. I know we work well together on the pitch so I can't wait to play with him again. I have also played with Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta before, for the national team, so I feel very comfortable here."