Jose Mourinho tells Louis van Gaal where he went wrong over Pedro’s Man Utd snub
Jose Mourinho has revealed the efforts he went to land Pedro for Chelsea in a gentle reminder to Louis van Gaal how to get a deal done after the player snubbed Manchester United at the eleventh hour.
The Blues made a stunning swoop to snare the Barcelona attacker after agreeing to meet the player’s £21m release clause after the Spaniard apparently had doubts over boss Van Gaal.
Pedro, though, had reportedly agreed personal terms with United after chief executive Ed Woodward was apparently in Spain to conclude the deal.
But speaking today about missing out on the player the Dutch boss was trying to put a brave face on events, with him not exactly denying his interest.
“I cannot answer these questions [on Pedro], you know that, I have said it before, that what we are doing is a process,” said Van Gaal according to the Express.
“In that process we make decisions and I think when we wanted Pedro, it was not any problem. That is because there was a clause in his contract, so it was the easiest transfer.
“You can write what you want, but we cannot say what we want, that is the difference. ”
Mourinho could afford to be in magnanimous mood after poaching a proven talent from under the nose of one his rivals.
And while playing down gazumping United he made it clear that they did not dally around.
“We have got one of the best attacking players in the world, a player with lots of experience and with something that I like very – which is the desire to leave a giant club, one of the best clubs in the world, a club that normally you don’t want to leave,” he said.
“For a player like him, loved at Barcelona, loves the club himself – and he wants to leave because he wants something more, that’s a sign of ambition.
“He wants to play every game. He’s won everything, playing with Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, all these stars. But he wants more, and I’m really happy.
“He comes to play and win, and not to have a holiday. This is a moment to leave his comfort zone for a new challenge, a new club in a new country.”
The Chelsea manager added: “I only want to beat United on the pitch. Our job here is not to try to get a player that another club wants. Our job is to get the players we think are good for us.
“I don’t want to say we won or lost. The point is Pedro is a player we are happy to have. When I’m told a player wants to leave Barcelona, Real Madrid, these giant clubs, I always ask myself why. Normally there are lots of rumours and it’s never true, but it was true here.
“People used to call it the transfer window. I call it the opportunity window. While the window is open, there is always an opportunity. As a club, decided not to lose out. We tried to get him. And we are happy that the player chose us.”