Dani Alves has revealed he tried his best to keep Pedro Rodriguez from leaving Barcelona to join Chelsea this summer.
The Brazil international also suggested his former team-mate may have made a mistake by leaving Camp Nou and, had the players been given a say on his future, Pedro would still be plying his trade in La Liga.
Both Chelsea and Manchester United battled hard to seal the 28-year-old's signature in the recent transfer window, but Jose Mourinho, with the help of former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas, coaxed him to Stamford Bridge.
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Having been at Barcelona for his entire career, Pedro would have grown used to life at the top of the league table. Chelsea's awful start to the season, which has seen them slip to 16th, would have certainly brought him down to earth.
Despite scoring in his debut against West Brom, Pedro has, like his team, struggled to hit top form and Alves is already starting to worry that the Spain international made a bad decision by leaving.
"I told Pedro he should have stayed at the team, but too many people got involved," Alves said, according to the Mail.
"Had he stayed he would have been happy here, but we don't make the decisions. If we did I would want him to stay for years."
Pedro is happy
But Pedro thinks differently. The forward had seen his role in the Barcelona team fade significantly following the arrivals of Neymar in 2013 and Luis Suarez in 2014 and left in search of more first-team football.
While he may still be adapting to the physicality of English football, Pedro admitted that he is already feeling happier in west London than he was in Barcelona.
"When someone gets to play, they gain rhythm, confidence, you're happier, you try out more things," Pedro said last week. "Leaving Barca was tough for me but I'm happy with the change."