Special One: ‘Jose Mourinho key to Chelsea move’, says Pedro

Pedro says Jose Mourinho was key to his move to Chelsea having previously been close to joiningManchester United.

The 28-year-old arrived from Barcelona in a deal worth up to £21.4 million (€30m) earlier on Thursday after the Premier League champions had hijacked the Old Trafford outfit’s own attempts with an 11th-hour bid.

Pedro, who won 20 trophies during seven years in the Barcelona first team, hopes to continue that success at Stamford Bridge alongside international team-mates Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta.

“It’s absolutely great to be here … [Mourinho] is one of the main reasons why I’m here. He phoned me a few times and said he needed me to make the team stronger,” he told the club’s official website.

“He has won titles wherever he has been. I am really looking forward to playing under him and hopefully winning more titles.

“I spoke to Cesc. We are very good friends. I knew I would feel at home here and that was one of the main reasons why I decided to join.

“He’s a great player, he’s got brilliant vision and he links up really well with the other attacking players. I know we work well together on the pitch so I can’t wait to play with him again.

“I have also played with Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta before, for the national team, so I feel very comfortable here.

“I do everything possible to win. I have helped Barcelona win titles and I want to do exactly the same thing at Chelsea, because ultimately we are all here to win things.”