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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Pedro: I didn't turn down move to Old Trafford because of Louis van Gaal

Pedro joined Chelsea instead of Manchester United in August
Pedro joined Chelsea instead of Manchester United in August
Louis van Gaal

Pedro insists his decision to turn down Manchester United and sign for Chelsea last month had nothing to do with not wanting to work under Louis van Gaal.

The Spanish forward has denied reports that suggested he did not want to play for Van Gaal because of the Manchester United manager's difficult relationship with former Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes and Spain international David de Gea.

"It's true that I don't like that treatment for my colleagues, especially for Victor, who has been a reference as a team-mate and as a professional," Pedro said to Spanish sports newspaper Marca. "I don't believe it's fair but it didn't influence my decision.

"I just saw that Manchester didn't take that move forward, that they were taking too long. Chelsea were more decisive."

Pedro did speak at length with former Barca team-mate Valdes before deciding to join Chelsea last month.

"Yes, a lot," he said. "He told me that United was very good and there was a great fan following, that his only problem was the situation with the coach."

READ MORE: Man United deny rift between Van Gaal and De Gea

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