EPL Transfer News: Louis Van Gaal Not The Reason For Refusing Manchester United, Says Pedro
There were strong rumors that he was averse to working under Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford. But Spanish international Pedro on Thursday dismissed all the rumors that claim he finally picked Chelsea over United only to avoid playing under Louis Van Gaal.
The former Barcelona winger Pedro revealed that he felt as if the Red Devils took the initiative for his transfer but later dragged things unnecessarily regarding the move; he realized Chelsea was more decisive. The prospect of living in London also lured the forward to land at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro though admitted that he expressed his dissatisfaction over the way Dutchman Van Gaal treated his compatriot Victor Valdes. The United boss earlier stripped the Spanish custodian of a squad number and forced him to train alone for refusing to feature for the under-21 squad.
“It’s true that I don’t like that treatment for my colleagues, especially for Victor, who has been a reference as a team-mate and as a professional,” Pedro told Spanish newspaper Marca.
“I don’t believe it’s fair but it didn’t influence my decision. I just saw that Manchester didn’t take that move forward, that they were taking too long. Chelsea were more decisive. I had an important chat with Jose Mourinho and he said many things that I liked to hear. That, combined with the possibility to live in London, was what made me decide,” he added.
The Spanish international also ridiculed speculations that Valdes influenced him against playing under Van Gaal. “I spoke a lot with Victor,” he said. “He said it was a very good club with great fans and that the only problem he had was the situation with his coach.”
Pedro has made a flying start with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, having netted a goal and provided two assists, but couldn’t turn the fortunes of the reigning champions this season, which have made a dismal start in this edition of Premier League. The Blues have only four points in their kitty from many matches.
Pedro will be eyeing to add to his tally when Chelsea visits Goodison Park for their crucial tie against Everton on September 12.