Chelsea star Pedro lifts lid on decision to reject Man United
Chelsea summer signing Pedro Rodriguez says Manchester United acted too slow in their bid to sign the winger
Pedro Rodriguez has revealed why he decided to join Chelsea ahead of Manchester United.
The Spain international penned a three-year deal with the defending Premier League champions last month after Chelsea agreed a £21.1m fee with Barcelona.
Chelsea were more decisive
United were leading the race to sign the World Cup winner earlier in the summer transfer window after chief executive Ed Woodward reportedly flew to Barcelona to finalise a deal.
However, Pedro wasn’t happy with the United’s sluggishness in completing the forward’s transfer, prompting the 27-year-old to agree a deal with Chelsea.
“I just saw that Manchester didn’t take that step, that they were taking too long and I needed a team to start,” Pedro is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“Chelsea were more decisive.”
Some reports had suggested that Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Victor Valdes had played a role in Pedro’s decision to move to Chelsea ahead of United.
While the midfielder admitted that he wasn’t impressed with the way United manager’s dealt with his former Barcelona team-mate, Pedro insisted that it didn’t have any effect on his decision-making process.
Pedro added: “It’s true that I don’t like that treatment for my colleagues, especially for Victor, who has been a reference as a teammate and as a professional.
“I don’t believe it’s fair, but it didn’t influence my decision.”
Pedro scored his first Chelsea goal on his Blues debut in a 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns last month.