New Chelsea winger Pedro reveals it was not money but the need to compete with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez for a starting spot at Barcelona that drove him to leave the Catalans. A long running transfer saga regarding the 28-year-old’s future came to a close when he opted to join Chelsea last Thursday, and Pedro has now revealed he left Barcelona in search of regular playing time.
“It was not about money. It was the need to play consistently,” he told assembled reporters at his farewell press conference in Barcelona. “I’m sad in a way, to be leaving. There was an option to stay, that’s what the club wanted. I discussed it with everyone but the Chelsea offer attracted me. “The easiest thing would have been to stay, it’s a difficult decision. I am taking a risk but I am decided.