Chelsea star Pedro Rodriguez has hailed his decision to swap Barcelona for the Blues during the summer transfer window after rediscovering his happiness with José Mourinho's trust. The 28-year-old winger decided to put an end to his 11 successful seasons at the Camp Nou last summer after seen his playing time restricted due to the unmovable presence of Lionel Messi, Neymar and former Liverpool hero Luis Suárez in Luis Enrique's attack team.
The Spanish international was heavily linked with Manchester United but opted instead to move to Stamford Bridge after the Blues triggered his £22m ($33.9m) release clause. The Canary Island admitted that leaving a club who last season won all the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey was not easy but his decision has already been vindicated.
Nevertheless, and despite the poor form of his side, Pedro has become a crucial member for the Portuguese boss since the very first day at the club, starting five Premier League games since scoring a goal in his debut against West Bromwich in the third game of the campaign.
"When someone gets to play, they gain rhythm, confidence, you're happier, you try out more things," Pedro explained as quoted by the club website. "Leaving Barca was tough for me but I'm happy with the change."
Pedro, meanwhile, claims that the presence of former Barcelona pal Cesc Fàbregas and as well other Spanish national teammates like Diego Costa and César Azpilicueta has even made more easy his adaptation to the English life.
"They've been a great support to me," he said. "The adaptation has been quicker given I already knew them from here and they've treated me very well in the dressing room, showing me how the club works. The truth is that the experience has been great."