It’s a good thing ol’e Pedrito’s so adorable, crossing the big red-blue divide as he may be in the Italian capital, in a free transfer confirmed today. It is apparently the first deal between the two clubs in 40 years! Making history: Chelsea DNA!
Adding further intrigue as he switches from AS Roma to Lazio, the former Chelsea winger is trading one former Chelsea head coach coach for another, leaving José Mourinho, who had convinced him to leave Manchester United at the altar and come to Chelsea in the first place, for Maurizio Sarri, under whom he played more minutes than at any other point since before doing so.
Pedro left Chelsea at the expiration of his contract last summer after five seasons of scoring some ridiculous and important goals, kung-fu kicking lots of corner flags, winning tons of trophies, and sometimes running aimlessly — though always at 100 per cent effort. He was looking for more minutes, and more minutes he had found, making 40 appearances and scoring 6 goals in all competitions as Roma reached the Europa League semifinals (though slumped to just a 7th place finish in Serie A).
But, evidently, Pedro was not in the plans of new head coach José Mourinho however, so the 34-year-old left Roma by mutual consent (one year into a three-year contract) to join Sarri-ball’s latest incarnation instead (on practically the same terms).