Arsenal hero Thierry Henry has praised former Barcelona teammate Pedro ahead of his reported move to Chelsea.
The Blues jumped ahead of Man United for the Spaniard as the winger flew into London on Wednesday to conclude a deal believed to be worth around £21.1m.
Henry played alongside Pedro at Camp Nou between 2008 and 2010, and insisted that the 28-year-old will be a crucial part of Jose Mourinho’s squad moving forward.
“The perfect team-mate, the perfect professional – he is that guy,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“He pressures from the front, but he’s also the player that any manager would love to have. You know what you’re going to get with Pedro, always 100 per cent.
“The way he plays, the way he trains, he doesn’t talk, he doesn’t create any problem for you, he’s a team player who had exactly what you would love to have as a team-mate, as a player, or if you’re the boss.”
Pedro has scored 98 goals in 318 appearances for Barca since making his debut in 2008, while he has been with the club since 2004 as part of their youth system.
However, despite strong speculation all summer linking him with a move to Old Trafford, things took a dramatic twist over the last 24 hours with Chelsea moving ahead of the Red Devils who are believed to have pulled out of contention.
Henry has no doubts that the Spanish international will be able to adapt and adjust to the Premier League, and so it will only add further frustration for United fans who had hoped to see him arrive in Manchester this week.