Pedro then went on to explain the reasoning behind his move away from the club where he had grown up as a footballer.
“I’m ambitious and I knew it would be hard to have a lot playing time here”. I am happy with that kind of attitude.
“I believe and hope I’ve conducted myself in the best possible way on and off the field. They are really enjoying their moment”.
Meanwhile, Barcelona published a farewell letter from the 28-year-old on their club’s official website.
“Now I am sad to be leaving my home but happy to have given everything”. John Terry is an exemplary captain, who has treated me very well since I arrived.
“I leave this club with my head held high”, he said. “It would be hard, I wouldn’t like it”. Now I have new challenges and the opportunity to continue to play.
Louis van Gaal said that the club lost interest in signing the forward, but Pedro’s agent Antonio Sanz stated, “Maybe Manchester United fell asleep”.
West Brom’s Darren Fletcher, left, is tackled by Chelsea‘s Branislav Ivanovic during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Sunday, August 23, 2015.
Pedro was as good as Manchester United must have feared he would be with a goal and an assist in the first half, and so much faith from Mourinho that he did not even substitute the winger in the post-red card reorganisation. I discussed it with everyone but the Chelsea offer attracted me.
“It wasn’t just Mourinho. I’ve had an incredible reception at Chelsea“.
“When the best teams in the world like (Manchester) City, United or Chelsea are interested in you it is flattering. It was the need to play consistently”, he told assembled reporters at his farewell press conference in Barcelona. 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”, he added.