Pedro León: “I felt humiliated at Real Madrid”
Wednesday 05 October 2011
Getafe midfielder Pedro León has spoken to Cadena Ser’s ‘El Larguero’ programme about his reasons for leaving Real Madrid and his stormy relationship with boss José Mourinho.
León did not figure in the Portuguese Coach’s plans for the rest of the 2010/11 season following a Copa del Rey game with Levante in January, but insists he did nothing Mourinho did not ask of him although he “spoke about that game a lot but nothing happened”.
The 24-year-old, who joined Los Blancos from Getafe in July, 2010 for €10m, maintains he still does not know the reasons why he was ignored, and says “there is no proof I did anything wrong. I felt humiliated.” Besides feeling humiliated León also claims he was upset with Mourinho’s comments to the Press that ‘when you speak about Pedro León it is as though you are talking about Zidane, Di Stéfano or Maradona’.
“More than the content of the remarks it was the way in which he said it. There are many ways of saying things; you mean what you say but you say it in different ways,” he stated.
The Spanish Under-21 international then revealed that Chelsea had tried to sign him in January but Mourinho had blocked his exit from the Bernabéu after telling him ‘you are not going to play in London’, something León says annoyed him “because Mourinho was not the Chelsea Coach, Ancelotti was.”
Despite his deteriorating relationship with Mourinho, the player says he still has fond memories of some of the people at the club: “I met a lot of good people there like Jorge Valdano, Miguel Pardeza and Emilio Butragueño. They are all top people, especially Valdano, a gentleman from head to toe.”
Since returning to Getafe he has been in Luis García Plaza’s starting line-up three times, playing a total of 236 minutes and getting his first goal of the season in last week’s 3-2 defeat at Málaga. “I am happy now I’m at Getafe again,” he said
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