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Pedro says Jose Mourinho phonecall convinced him to join Chelsea

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Pedro says he opted to join Chelsea after speaking to Jose Mourinho on the phone beforehand.

The Spanish international completed a £21 million move from Barcelona earlier today, despite heavy interest from Manchester United.

The Red Devils were unwilling to match that offer and instead tried to negotiate with Barcelona which allowed Chelsea to swoop, and now Pedro has revealed that Jose Mourinho played a key role in luring him to Stamford Bridge.

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Speaking in his first interview since joining from Barcelona, Pedro revealed that Mourinho told him he needed him at Stamford Bridge while he was pondering his options.

The 28-year-old said: "He [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 has won titles wherever he has been. I am really looking forward to playing under him and hopefully winning more titles."

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Pedro is Chelsea's third signing of the summer following the arrivals of both Radamel Falcao and Asmir Begovic, and Mourinho will want him to hit the ground running after a slow start to a new campaign.

Slow start

The Blues have just one point to their name after drawing with Swansea on the opening day of the season before falling to a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City last Sunday. 

Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing in John Stones as a long-term replacement for John Terry, but the Blues have had three offers, the latest of which was worth £30 million, rejected with the Toffees adamant they won't sell up.

Have Chelsea done the deal of the summer by landing Pedro ahead of Manchester United?

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