|Chelsea forward Pedro returned to Barcelona on Monday to say goodbye to the club after joining Chelsea last week|
Chelsea's new signing Pedro was given a rapturous send off by his former team-mates on Monday at Barcelona's training ground as he said goodbye after ten years at the club. Leo Messi, Neymar and Gerard Pique were among about 20 players who crowded into the press room and applauded their team-mate as he brought to a close a career that has seen him win 20 trophies alongside them.
The players also whistled when reporters asked Pedro if he felt it was a betrayal to join Jose Mourinho – a question he neatly side-stepped speaking only of the welcome he had been given at Chelsea and the conversation with the Portuguese coach that persuaded him to move to London.
'Of course I would have liked to have stayed at Barca and retire here. That was my intention when I signed my contract extension. But I've taken a gamble because it's what I wanted. 'I wasn't going to stay here just to appear on the photo.'
Pedro was accompanied by his wife Carolina and their two-year-old son Bryan who shouted 'Papa' throughout the farewell press conference and played on the floor at Messi's feet with the Argentine's son Thiago. Pedro said moving to London was also a factor in his decision and praised the welcome his team-mates have given him. 'John Terry has always impressed me as a captain. He has that very strong mentality and that always impacts on you when you play against Chelsea and he and all the players have been fantastic since I arrived.'
|Pedro spoke at Barca's training ground to say farewell to all those connected with the Catalan club|
|Andres Iniesta (left) Lionel Messi (centre) and Sergio Busquets were in attendance to hear Pedro's farewell|
Both Pedro and Messi took their sons Bryan and Thiago to Monday's farewell press conference
|Barcelona squad and Pedro pose for one last group photo as a memento for the latter's departure 1) Messi, 2) Thomas Vermaelen, 3) Sergi Roberto, 4) Sandro, 5) Gerard Pique, 6) Munir, 7) Marc Bartra, 8) Jordi Masip, 9) Jordi Alba, 10) Pedro, 11) Busquets, 12) Jeremy Mathieu, 13) Iniesta, 14) Claudio Bravo, 15) Ivan Rakitic, 16) Aleix Vidal, 17) Rafinha, 18) Neymar, 19) Adriano, 20) Luis Suarez, 21) Javier Mascherano|
|Pedro and former team-mate Neymar pose for a selfie after being reunited together on Monday|
|Pedro's last game for Barca came on August 17 in the Spanish Super Cup second leg against Athletic Bilbao|
|Pedro pats the Barcelona badge after his winning goal against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on August 11|
|That piece of silverware was the last the forward won with Barcelona - during a trophy-laden career there|
|Last Thursday, Chelsea completed the signing of Pedro from Barcelona for £21million on a four-year deal|
|The forward celebrates as he scores on his debut against West Brom for Chelsea at the Hawthorns on Sunday|
|Pedro wheels away in celebration after giving Chelsea the lead against West Brom with a goal on his debut|
|The 28-year-old (centre) was congratulated by his new team-mates after giving the Blues the lead|
- Daily Mail