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Pedro agrees to join AS Roma, won’t play rest of season with Chelsea — reports

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According to reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), The Athletic, and the Telegraph, Chelsea winger Pedro has agreed to join AS Roma on a two-year deal, with an option for a third.

And while it’s not quite set in stone, he apparently does not want to risk any unnecessary injuries in the meantime, meaning that once his Chelsea contract runs out on June 30, he will be leaving the club.

While it would be possible for him to agree a temporary one-month contract with the Blues to finish out the season at the Bridge, barring any surprise developments, that won’t be happening.

If so, we could do nothing but thank Pedro for his five years of solid service, during which he helped us win three major trophies, including the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Europa Leauge.

Pedro’s not alone in this situation, with Willian likely to follow in his footsteps. And it’s hard to fault either should they choose to do so; at the end of the day, football is business. Frank Lampard has reportedly been planning for this possibility already.

Still, it’s going to hurt our top-four ambitions to lose veterans like Pedro and Willian for the run-in. Hopefully the youngsters can (continue to) step up!