The new Chelsea signing believes Luis Enrique’s squad boasts more than enough quality to cope without him and admits facing them would be difficult
New Chelsea signing Pedro does not believe he will be missed at Barcelona due to his former club’s quality within the team.
The Spain international enjoyed a memorable debut for the Blues when he scored in the 3-2 victory over West Brom after completing his transfer from the European champions last week, having grown tired of a role among the substitutes at Camp Nou.
Speaking at a farewell press conference, the 28-year-old claimed he never thought the time would come to leave Barca but accepts his absence will not be keenly felt.
“At the start it felt strange to wear the Chelsea shirt, because I had never imagined I would leave Barca,” Pedro said.
“I’m going with my head held high. I have always given my best, in every game and every training session. But I’m happy with what I have achieved and everything I have learned from my team-mates.
“I don’t think the team will miss me as there are great players here. I will miss them though, that’s the sad part.”
Pedro lifted five Liga titles and three Champions Leagues in a glittering career at Camp Nou but he was reticent to name a favourite moment.
“There are many [great memories]; it’s hard to single out one. I have shared so many great times with some great players,” he said.
The Tenerife-born forward also underlined that the Barca board were eager for him to stay at the club, before admitting that facing his old team-mates would be an unwelcome feeling.
“The board and the staff at Barcelona insisted that I stay, and for that I thank them,” Pedro added.
“I prefer not to return to the Camp Nou wearing another shirt. It would be strange. But if that’s what destiny holds…”