Barcelona star Pedro believes Chelsea have signed one of the best midfielders in the world in the form of Cesc Fabregas.
The Spain international moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer, bringing an end to a frustrating three years at the Nou Camp. Pedro believes Fabregas was subjected to unfair criticism while at Barcelona and is not surprised at Fabregas's instant success in west London.
Fabregas has already provided seven assists for Jose Mourinho's team and Pedro believes the resurgence in form is down to him feeling valued again.
Pedro is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: “I think Cesc is being valued just how he should be in the Premier League – I felt he had quite a bit of unfair criticism at Barcelona.
"I’m not surprised what he’s achieving with Chelsea because he’s a great player – one of the best midfielders in the world, who connects well with forward and has terrific vision.
"I’m happy for him that he’s doing well.”
Having cost Chelsea around £27 million, Fabregas is already being labelled as an excellent piece of business from Mourinho. The Special One moved quickly to secure the 27-year-old's signature when it became apparent he would be sold by Barcelona.
In Chelsea's opening seven games, Fabregas is already forging a formidable partnership with Diego Costa and the Blues look capable of winning the Premier League at a canter.
Having failed to convince Arsene Wenger to re-sign him, many believe Fabregas had little other choice than to join Chelsea. However, the player himself revealed earlier this week that he rejected offers from two Premier League clubs to join Mourinho's revolution.
He is quoted in the same report: "At the end of last season, I saw Chelsea as the best option. I always thought about a return to England and I talked to Mourinho and realised this was the best option.
"It was arranged through my agent. There was no call with Mourinho, just a face-to-face meeting.
"Jose showed great respect and convinced me quickly. We were honest, we put aside any history and I made my decision after talking with him. Overall I had three options in England."
For Pedro, his comments are further evidence that he is discontent with life at Barcelona. The forward was openly critical about Barcelona's decision to sell Fabregas and it is looking increasingly likely that he will join his international teammate in the Premier League.
The likes of Neymar and the emerging Munir are being preferred by Luis Enrique and Pedro could be available for around £25 million. Naturally, a host of Premier League clubs have been linked with a move including Arsenal and Liverpool.