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Pedro defends decision to join Barcelona nemesis Jose Mourinho

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Pedro has insisted that the infamous feud between Jose Mourinho and his former club Barcelona never threatened to stand in his way of moving to Chelsea.

The dynamic attacker joined the Blues in a £21million deal this summer, becoming the second player in as many years to make the move after Cesc Fabregas' switch in 2014.

Some sections of the Nou Camp are incredulous that the pair could link up with Mourinho, who retains the status of pantomime villain after his spell in charge of Real Madrid.

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Several El Clasico incidents, including the time he was filmed poking the late Tito Vilanova in the eye, has inspired plenty of ill-feeling between Mourinho and the Blaugrana.

But Pedro, 28, has defended his decision to link up with the Special One at Stamford Bridge, saying that he feels "comfortable" working under the man he was once obliged to dislike.

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"The truth is that one has an image of him that when you know him, changes a lot. It's not what it seems"

A different set of values

He told The Mail: "The past is there and there are people who will not forgive what happened (between Mourinho and Barcelona), but athletes have a different way of valuing things.

"The truth is that one has an image of him that when you know him, changes a lot. It's not what it seems.

"I like the way Mourinho works. I feel comfortable. He has a positive and winning mentality. I am delighted because I like nothing better than winning."

Similarities

Fewer people at Barcelona loathed Mourinho more than Pep Guardiola. Now managing Bayern Munich, the Spanish manager was seen as the angel of football while Mourinho was most certainly seen as the devil.

However, for all their differences and disagreements, Pedro sees plenty in common between the two.

He said: "For the intensity of workouts, they are similar. They do not allow the intensity level to be lowered for one minute."

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