Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho didn’t want to sign Pedro, claims ex-Red Devil
Johnny Giles claims Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was forced to sign Pedro Rodriguez
Johnny Giles has claimed that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho didn’t want to sign Spain forward Pedro Rodriguez.
The World Cup winner moved to the defending Premier League champions in a £21.1m deal from La Liga holders Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
Pedro had initially been linked with a move to Manchester United before his proposed transfer to Old Trafford fell through, prompting Chelsea’s interest.
However, former United midfielder Giles believes Chelsea’s signing of Pedro was very unlike Mourinho, particularly given the last-minute nature of the deal.
Giles told Newstalk: “I don’t think he signed Pedro. Pedro was available from the end of last season and Manchester United were odds on to sign him. They made a mess of it.
“Chelsea came in on the transfer deadline day. Mourinho and Ferguson don’t work like that.
“I think he was told, ‘we’re signing Pedro whether you like it or not’, so he hasn’t been given the tools.”
Pedro has scored one goal and has made one assist in six Premier League appearances for the west London side so far this season.
The 28-year-old midfielder was unable to help the Blues avoid a 2-1 defeat by Porto in their most-recent Champions League group-stage game.
Chelsea face Tim Sherwood’s struggling Aston Villa side in their next Premier League game on 17 October.