Pedro hits outs at Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for treatment of Victor Valdes

The two played together for six years at Barcelona

Mark Critchley
Friday 04 September 2015 12:27
Pedro speaks at his Barcelona press conference today
Pedro speaks at his Barcelona press conference today

Pedro has hit out at Louis van Gaal over his treatment of Manchester United's outcast goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Valdes has been left on the sidelines by the Dutch manager after he reportedly refused to play for United's Under-21 side at the end of last season.

In an interview in Spanish newspaper Marca, Pedro, who played with Valdes at Barcelona, expressed his displeasure at seeing a friend ostracised.

"It's true that I don't like to see my team-mates treated in this way, especially Victor, who has always been a great friend to me and a top professional", he said.

The Spanish winger turned down a move to Old Trafford earlier this summer and instead opted to join Chelsea in a £22m move.

However, Pedro denied that Van Gaal was the reason why he decided against moving to Manchester.

"I don’t think it’s fair, but it didn’t influence my decision.

"I saw that United had not taken the next step (in signing me) and I needed a team to start the season with," he added.

"Chelsea were very decisive. I am convinced I have chosen well."

Pedro also spoke about his relationship with Jose Mourinho, his manager at Chelsea and a famous adversary of his ex-club in Spain.

"People might think it sounds strange but in a one-on-one situation Mourinho is very different. He treats you like one of his family.

"He shows huge respect for his players. His demands are high but if there is criticism it’s so that we can improve and become stronger."

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