Pedro Rodriguez hails ‘spectacular’ Chelsea welcome

Pedro Rodriguez reveals that he has been made to feel welcome by his new Chelsea team-mates

Pedro Rodriguez has heaped praise on his new Chelsea team-mates for the warm welcome they have given him since his arrival at the club last week.

The Spain international made his Premier League debut in the 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon as Jose Mourinho’s men returned to winning was in the top flight.

Pedro scored on his debut and was named man of the match in an impressive display for the Blues.

And the 28-year-old concedes that he was made to feel very special by his new team-mates following his big-money transfer to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona last week.

Speaking at his farewell news conference in Barcelona on Monday, Pedro told reporters: Chelsea welcome: “They told me I’d have to sing an initiation song. The welcome they gave me was spectacular.

“[John] Terry showed me that he’s a captain with great personality and there are a few players who I already knew like Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Thibaut Courtois. I am very happy with how it’s all gone so far.”

Pedro also revealed how Blues boss Mourinho helped to convince him to join the Stamford Bridge outfit, despite the Portuguese coach having been one of Barcelona’s rivals as Real Madrid boss during his spell at the Bernabeu.

He added: “I know who he is and what has happened in the past. I liked what he said to me, that he wants to make the team strong and he is counting on me.”

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