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Pedro claims Chelsea wanted him more than Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Pedro spoke at a press conference in Barcelona
Pedro spoke at a press conference in Barcelona

Chelsea new-boy Pedro has claimed he rejected the advances of both Manchester clubs before he completing his move from Barcelona to Stamford Bridge last week.

Speaking at a press conference in Barcelona that was attended by his now former team-mates Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta (below), Pedro spoke openly about his decision to move to Chelsea and stated that he could have joined two of their Premier League rivals.

"I had offers from other English clubs - Manchester United, City and Chelsea, who were the club that more rapidly resolved my transfer and the one that showed more interest in me," he stated.

"I'm very happy to be at Chelsea because it's a club that, like Barca, are fighting for titles.

"I haven't gone to Chelsea just to work under Jose Mourinho, but also because London attracts me as a city and I have friends at Chelsea. Moreover, English football is exciting and very attractive.

"I just hope I don't have to face Barca or step out at the Nou Camp wearing another jersey. It would be difficult, I wouldn't like it."

Pedro impressed on his Chelsea debut on Sunday, yet he admitted he was sad to leave Barcelona and if he had a choice, he would have remained with the Catalan club.

"Of course I would have liked to have stayed at Barca and retire here," he added.

"That was my intention when I signed my contract extension. But I've taken a gamble because it's what I wanted. I wasn't going to stay here just to appear on the photo.

"I discussed it with everyone, but the Chelsea offer attracted me, although it felt a little strange wearing the Blue shirt at first.

"I'm lucky enough to know some of the players, like Cesc [Fabregas] from Barca, but also from the national team, Diego [Costa].

"I can already see there is a winning mentality at the club — John Terry is a great captain, he has a really strong mentality — and the reception I have had has been incredible. I've felt really comfortable from the first moment."

Man Utd officials claimed last week that they decided to pull out of the race to sign Pedro, amid suggestions that manager Louis van Gaal changed his mind on signing the player.