Jose Mourinho has revealed it took all of one minute to convince Pedro to leave Barcelona for Chelsea this summer, following the Spaniard’s £21million capture.
The World Cup winner was announced as the Blues’ latest blockbuster signing earlier this week, with Chelsea having come from Manchester United’s shadow at the eleventh hour to pull off the bargain buy.
Since then Pedro has made it clear Mourinho was a decisive factor in him opting to sign for Chelsea, and the Special One went into more detail during his written conference yesterday.
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Mourinho told how the phone call between himself and the then-Barcelona star took just 60 seconds, during which he persuaded the winger to call time on a trophy-laden spell at the Nou Camp.
The one minute phone call
"It was a one-minute conversation," Mourinho said, as per The Independent.
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"I asked 'Is it true that you want to leave Barcelona?’ [Pedro:] ‘Yes, it’s true. I love it here. It’s my home, but it’s time for me to move.'
'Did you sign already for another club?'
'Almost, but not yet.’
'Do you want to come here?’
‘Yes, I want.’
"For me, it was one minute.
"I told my people in the club, responsible for the practical side of the market, that he hadn’t signed for another club. Almost, but not yet. He told me he wants to come here, so it’s over to you.
"I thought he’d never leave Barcelona.”
Given Pedro’s illustrious reputation as both a goalscorer and provider many Chelsea fans can’t wait to see him in action against West Brom this weekend.
Indeed given how quickly the deal was done he could well feature against Tony Pulis’ side, and Mourinho will be hoping for an instant impact due to the fact that his team have garnered just one point from their opening two Premier League matches.
Of course for Pedro, having the pressure of being the go-to-guy will be something new to his career. Though at Barca there are obvious impeccable standards to adhere to on the pitch, the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta so often stole the show.
Pedro was as used more of a supporting act to the main show in Catalonia, and he performed admirably in his duties. Can he do the same when he’s the man expected to make the difference?
Chelsea fans, how good a signing might Pedro turn out to be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.