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Pedro ‘most likely’ staying at Chelsea; thinks Jokanovic is a ‘great manager’

Pedro entering his fourth season at Stamford Bridge

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Managers come, managers go, but players (often) stay the same. This has always been the case in football, especially around the world, and only more so in these modern times.

This short-term thinking, combined with “player power” is what will likely lead Chelsea to change one of the best coaches in the game, Antonio Conte, for a lesser counterpart in the near future. This change will probably will yield good results in the beginning, and maybe even a trophy or two if the players are competent and motivated enough, before results take a turn for the worse, even if briefly, and the whole cycle repeats itself.

This rate of churn could eventually result in a situation where Chelsea run out of options. In fact, we may already be there, with none of the three front-runners rumored for the job immediately jumping to mind as the best of the best. Sure, Maurizio Sarri made Napoli fun again and Laurent Blanc once did great things with Bordeaux, but neither are on Conte’s level when it comes to winning, which is the only thing that generally matters in the end, especially as a coach’s job security is concerned.

Beyond Sarri and Blanc, Chelsea have also been looking at “B list” coaches, one of whom is Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic. It was the former Chelsea player of whom Pedro talked briefly in a recent appearance on Spanish radio.

“We know there might be some changes, we’re awaiting. We know that [Slavisa Jokanovic] is a great manager.”

“Many names have been mentioned and he is one of them. If a new manager comes, we’ll try to work in the best way possible.”

Pedro did not see play as much this season as he did in his first two years at Stamford Bridge, but unlike Willian, seems much more happy to stay for next season as well, which will be the final year of his original four-year deal signed in 2015. Or perhaps he’s simply not as much in demand as Willian is. Either way, Pedro’s happy to stay ... and then get to down to business after his holidays.

“Obviously I have a contract at Chelsea and most likely I will stay. I’m good here.”

“I’m very comfortable with my team-mates and, in football terms I’m very happy for having won the Premier League and the FA Cup in three years. I’m happy because it’s always difficult to win trophies in England.”

“I’m enjoying my holidays right now, getting some rest and spending time with family, and then start the new season in the best way.”

-Pedro; source: Cadena SER via Sky Sports

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