Exclusive: Pedro 'regrets' leaving Barcelona for Chelsea
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes| Premier League expert with experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
Pedro has told friends that he ‘regrets’ leaving Barcelona for Chelsea during the summer.
The Stamford Bridge misfit has been a major disappointment since his £21million transfer from Camp Nou.
Pedro had been on the verge of joining Manchester United last August but chose to join Chelsea after they hijacked his proposed switch to Old Trafford.
“He was persuaded to move to Chelsea by Cesc Fabregas,” a source close to Pedro told Football Insider. “But he now regrets doing so.
“Pedro believes the team’s playing style is too functional and does not play to his strengths. He did not think the attacking players were given enough freedom under Jose Mourinho. That might change under Guus Hiddink but it is too early to tell.”
Pedro has scored just three goals, one of which was against Walsall, and supplied three assists in his 20 Chelsea appearances, which compares unfavourably with his strike rate at Barcelona, where he scored one goal in every three matches, striking 99 times and providing 63 assists in 321 games.
He had hoped that he would be able to link up successfully with Fabregas, but the decline of his former Barca team-mate has had the effect of negating one of the main supply lines.
The 28-year-old, who signed a five-year contract worth £170,000-a-week in the summer, has started the last three matches on the left flank following Mourinho’s departure.
He scored in the 3-1 win over Sunderland but still looks a shadow of the player who was a key figure at Barca for so many years.
Speaking in October, Pedro admitted he was struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.
“It’s hard. It’s very different to what I’m used to [at Barcelona],” Pedro told the Mirror. “But, little by little, I’m integrating more, adapting with my team-mates and the team and that’s the most important thing.
“Everything is different, very different to the football I’m used to. I think there are a lot of differences, very physical football, very strong.
“A lot of players attack and it’s always complicated. All the games are competitive and very balanced.”