Pedro returns to Barcelona: Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta among those who give Chelsea player ovation

The Spain international returned to his former club today, just 24 hours after his brilliant Chelsea debut

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Pedro was in Barcelona today to officially announce his departure from the Nou Camp. Considering his performance for new club Chelsea on Sunday, he needn't have bothered.

The Spain international, who completed his transfer last Thursday, made his debut for the Blues on Sunday. He put in a scintillating performance against West Brom, scoring the opening goal and setting up the second for Diego Costa in a 3-2 win at the Hawthorns.

Despite announcing of his arrival at Chelsea in the best possible manner, Pedro returned to Catalonia today to say a proper goodbye.

Among those assembled for the press conference were many of his former team-mates. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Gerard Pique were among around 20 players who squeezed into the room to hear Pedro explain his exit. Before he did, the entire room gave Pedro an ovation.

 

During his press conference, Pedro explained why he joined Chelsea.

"There were some big clubs in for me. There was interest from [Manchester] City and United but it was Chelsea that moved the quickest and were the most decisive. It's a massive club. They win trophies just as Barca and I don't regret the decision at all.

"I like what Mourinho told me when we spoke. He said that he wanted to make the club stronger and that I would be able to help him do that."

 

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Pedro at his official Barcelona exit press conference

 

He added: "John Terry has always impressed me as a captain. He has that very strong mentality and that always impacts on you when you play against Chelsea and he and all the players have been fantastic since I arrived."

 

Pedro confirmed that his decision to leave the Nou Camp, where he won three Champions League titles among a huge haul of trophies, was based on the lack of a guarantee of first-team football.

"I'm sad to be leaving this great group but I want to play," he said. "I knew that I could stay here and that if I did I would have been fine but I knew there was also an option to leave. Saying goodbye to my marvellous team-mates is the hardest thing. I been here for ten years and it's a strange situation."

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