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Pedro misses Lionel Messi but defends decision to make Chelsea switch

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Since beginning life at Chelsea in what is a new chapter in his footballing career, Pedro has taken to English football like a duck to water following his move from Barcelona.

However, the Spaniard, who scored his first goal for the Blues on his debut, has admitted that his former club will always be a special part of his life and that he misses former team-mate Lionel Messi the most.

As quoted by the Mirror, Pedro said: "Lionel Messi is an excellent team-mate, he’s a fantastic guy. We lived through a lot together, a lot of games, a lot of goals – he knows me well. I’m going to miss him a lot."

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Pedro returned to Spain after his debut for Jose Mourinho's side against West Brom for a farewell organised by Barcelona themselves, with every one of Luis Enrique's current stars attending the ceremony which speaks volumes of how popular he was amongst his former colleagues.

After having a mixed summer transfer window, Mourinho needed some firepower in a midfield plagued with underperforming stars. Pedro fit that billing perfectly.

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Many, though, were surprised by the 28-years-old’s decision to join Chelsea give that the Portuguese manager was at the helm.

Mourinho has had a vexed relation with the La Liga champions in the past. Pedro, however, has recently sought to defend his manager.

According to the Daily Mail, Pedro said: "The past is there and there are people who will not forgive what happened (between Mouirnho 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."

Already a popular figure amongst Chelsea supporters, Pedro will undoubtedly be a Premier League success with a wealth of experience at both club and international football.

A trophy cabinet that includes winners medals from World Cup 2010, Euro 2012, five La Liga titles alongside three Champions League triumphs, Pedro will bring a winners mentality alongside depth and dynamics to the star-studded squad at Stamford Bridge.

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