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Pedro does not regret leaving Barcelona for Chelsea

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Pedro Rodriguez has admitted he is happier at Chelsea than he was at Barcelona despite the Blues' poor start to the Premier League season.

The Spain international moved to Stamford Bridge in a £21m deal after Barcelona manager Luis Enrique admitted he could no longer guarantee him first-team football.

Manchester United were long touted as the favourites to seal his signature, but a late offer from Jose Mourinho, and a little persuasion from former team-mate Cesc Fabregas coaxed Pedro to west London.

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It was the first time in the 28-year-old's professional career that he had played for a team other than Barcelona, where he emerged from the famous La Masia academy 12 years ago.

With Chelsea struggling to produce their brilliant best and the weather a little bit more miserable in London than in Catalunya, it would come as no surprise to see Pedro struggling to settle down after less than two months at Chelsea, but he claims to be more than happy with the Blues.

"When someone gets to play, they gain rhythm, confidence, you're happier, you try out more things," Pedro told the Spain national team's official website. "Leaving Barca was tough for me but I'm happy with the change."

Helping hand

Chelsea's Spanish contingent, which includes the aforementioned Fabregas as well as Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, have all flourished during their time with the club and, unsurprisingly, it is their example that has helped give Pedro the confidence to do the same.

"They've been a great support to me," he said. "The adaptation has been quicker given I already knew them from here and they've treated me very well in the dressing room, showing me how the club works."

Stats so far

Pedro has started six games for Chelsea so far but has failed to hit the back of the net in the Premier League since scoring on his debut against West Brom in August. He did, however, score against Walsall in a League Cup last month.

Mourinho seems to have responded to Pedro's lack of return by dropping him to the bench for the recent game against Southampton, but the Special One saw his side struggle without him, losing 3-1.

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