Pedro has admitted that he is disappointed with Manchester United’s treatment of his Spain teammates, but insisted that is not the reason why he chose to join Chelsea.
Victor Valdes, Pedro’s long-time teammate at Barcelona and at international level, has been exiled from the United first team after a fall-out with manager Louis van Gaal.
Pedro seemed poised to join Valdes at Old Trafford before Chelsea swooped in to beat their Premier League rivals to the World Cup winner’s £21m signature.
And although the Spaniard concedes that he does not like the way that Valdes has been treated, he claims that he simply chose Chelsea because they showed more intent to sign him.
“No. It is true that I do not like this treatment to my team-mates, especially Victor who has been a reference for me as a companion and a great professional,” Pedro told Marca.
“I think it’s not fair, but that did not influence my decision. I saw that Manchester United weren’t taking a decision and stalling, and I needed a team to start the season. Chelsea were the most decisive.”
Valdes’s proposed move to Besiktas fell through before the close of the transfer window, but he has still been left out of United’s Champions League squad for the group stages.
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