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Andres Iniesta helped Pedro leave Barcelona for Chelsea

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Pedro has revealed that Andres Iniesta helped him complete his move from Chelsea to Barcelona last month.

The Spain international admits it looked at one point as if he would be forced to stay at the Camp Nou - but the situation changed after Iniesta intervened on his teammate’s behalf.

Pedro made the difficult decision to leave Barcelona after 11 years at the Camp Nou after falling down the pecking order under Luis Enrique, but expressed his gratitude to Iniesta in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca.

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"I think the most important [conversation] was one I had with Andrés when it looked as though I wasn't leaving,” Pedro revealed. “I explained my situation, which was complicated and called for patience.

“He understood and did his best to tell the club that, if I wasn't happy, it should do everything in its power to help me leave. He behaved like the great captain and teammate he is. That touched me.”

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Pedro had support from Barcelona teammates

Pedro claims Iniesta was the Barcelona player he spoke with most prior to his move to Stamford Bridge, but he also spoke with several other of his closer colleagues before completing his £21 million transfer to Chelsea.

"The player I spoke with most was first-team captain Iniesta,” the World Cup winner added. “He understood my situation. I told my closest teammates, like Andrés, Jordi Alba or Busquets, what I was thinking. They understood my position,” said Pedro, who revealed that Xavi called him to congratulate him after the transfer was finalised.

Pedro scored a goal and provided an assist on his Premier League debut against West Brom last month, while a week later he set up Radamel Falcao’s first goal for Chelsea in a surprise 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.

The 28-year-old is now with the Spain squad as the La Roja prepare to take on Slovakia and Macedonia.

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