Pedro: Joining Chelsea Was A Risk I Had To Take

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We take risks and all, hoping we don’t regret it, Pedro doesn’t regret the risk he took. The new Chelsea winger said he opted for a move to the EPL to get better play time.

Pedro was a regular in the Barcelona squad before Suarez joined and was favored ahead of the Spaniard, with the MSN attacking triumvirate a success.

Pedro signed a contract extension with Barcelona, but knew he won’t get center stage at Camp Nou. A long standing transfer saga saw the 28-year-old join Chelsea.

Pedro has stated that joining Chelsea was not for the money, but a need for regular playing time.

“It was not about money. It was the need to play consistently,” he told assembled reporters at his farewell press conference in Barcelona.

“I’m sad in a way, to be leaving. There was an option to stay, that’s what the club wanted. I discussed it with everyone but the Chelsea offer attracted me.

“The easiest thing would have been to stay, it’s a difficult decision. I am taking a risk but I am decided.

“Barcelona is the best club in the world, there’s no other place like this. But I’ve joined a club I like and where I will play more. Last season was one of my worst, because there was a lot of competition and I didn’t have enough playing time.

“I’m ambitious and I knew it would be difficult to have a lot playing time here. I’m happy to have this new challenge.

“I was very flattered by the interest from some of England’s biggest clubs like Manchester United, City and Chelsea, but Chelsea’s offer convinced me most. I talked with [Blues coach] Jose Mourinho, it’s true he called me. I liked what he said. He convinced me.

“The atmosphere in the Premier League is fantastic, the stadiums are always full and it’s an attractive league for spectators.”



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