Pedro makes U-turn in refusal to play for Chelsea ahead of AS Roma move

Spanish forward Pedro is set to leave West London upon the expiration of his contract. He is set to join Italian outfit AS Roma after they offered him a £56,000 per week contract.

In an attempt to not compromise the move, he initially stated he would leave Chelsea upon the expiration of his contract, leaving them mid-season. The season has lasted longer than any Premier League season in history, with the Covid-19 pandemic delaying fixtures for months.

The 32-year-old ‘completed football’ last season with Chelsea, as they won the Europa League. Pedro scored in the 4-1 thrashing of Arsenal. He became the first-ever player to win all major competitions at club and international level. 

The winger has often been an unsung hero, despite having a trophy haul that consists of nearly 30 major honours.

At Barcelona, he often dazzled in the shadow of Messi and their other superstars. In what many describe as ‘the best club performance ever’, Barcelona thrashed Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley, with Pedro grabbing the opener. 

He featured in two of the Spain squads that won back-to-back-to-back tournaments between 2008 and 2012. He was often used as a sub, showing the brilliance of the team which included Xavi and Iniesta.

And as his legacy as a great of this generation seemed set, he boldly forced his way out of the Camp Nou. He wanted more playing time and moved to England’s capital, snubbing Louis van Gaal’s United in the process.

At Stamford Bridge, he’s won the Premier League and the Europa League, but again often was the unsung hero behind Belgian Eden Hazard. 

As his move to Roma was announced the Spaniard initially intended to leave Chelsea upon the expiration of his contract. But, he has since been convinced to sign a short term deal which will see him remain at Chelsea until the end to the season.

Once the season is over he will trade England’s capital for Italy’s. The Giallorossi will hope he brings a wealth of experience and winning mentality. whilst in the twilight years of his career, they’ll hope he can influence their promising young starlets.

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