The Blues manager is convinced that the €30 million man’s decision to leave Barcelona for London is a sign of ambition that will serve him well at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed his side’s capture of Pedro, labelling him one of the world’s best forwards, and says he is encouraged by the Spain international’s desire to test himself away from the comforts of Barcelona.
The Blues hijacked Manchester United’s move for the Spain international, wrapping up a €30 million deal on Thursday as Mourinho ramps up his recruitment drive in the wake of a disappointing start to their Premier League title defence.
Chelsea have also added full-back Baba Rahman from Augsburg but it is Pedro’s capture that has especially delighted the Portuguese coach, with Mourinho believing that his new recruit can now step out of the shadows of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez to prove his class.
“This week we got a very good young left-back that we need with potential and we got one of the best attacking players in the world,” he told reporters at his pre-match press conference.
“He’s a player with lots of experience and with something I really like very much, which is the desire to leave a giant club, the desire to leave one of the best clubs in the world.
“For a player like him, loved in the club, he loves the club, and he wants to leave because he wants something more for his career, I think is an evident sign of ambition.
“He wants to play every game. For many years he won everything playing with Messi, with [Andres] Iniesta, with all these stars but he wants more and I’m really happy with that kind of attitude. He comes to play, to win, to enjoy… not on holiday. So I’m really happy.”
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Chelsea’s swoop for Pedro came as a blow to title rivals Manchester United but Mourinho denied signing the winger purely to frustrate his opponents.
“I only want to beat Man United on the pitch if it’s possible,” he continued. “I don’t even want to go in that direction.
“Our job here is not to try to get a player another club wants. Our job is try to get the players we think are good for us.”
Asked about his side’s pursuit of Everton defender John Stones or a centre-back in general, the Portguese revealed he is open to “opportunities” before the close of the transfer window on September 1.
“Transfer window or opportunity window, we can call it what you want but I think, in this moment more than ever, in these last two weeks, I call it opportunity window,” he declared.
“[It] depends on the opportunities. Depends, can you do something you really believe you cannot afford to miss out to do? Let’s see.”