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According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for Pedro in January.
The winter transfer window is just round the corner, and as such, former Spain international Pedro could potentially be on the move from Stamford Bridge.
The 32-year-old has less than a year left on his contract, meaning that he could technically speak to clubs in the summer and leave on a free. As such, the Blues may be prepared to listen bids for him in order to recoup some of the £21m they paid to capture his signature in 2015.
In terms of his playing contribution, Pedro has little left to offer Frank Lampard, it seems. The World Cup winner has started just five games in all competitions this term, and has been included in just one of the last six squads in the Premier League and Champions League.
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He has done well for the south west London outfit down the years, scoring 42 goals in 191 appearances and helping the team win the league title in 2016/17. Now, though, he can be a huge aid off the field instead for Lampard’s playing squad.
There are few players in world football who have the top-level experience that Pedro possesses. During an illustrious career, he has won six league titles in two different countries, as well as the Champions League on three separate occasions. Not only that, but he has also won the World Cup and the European Championships.
He has played for some top-quality managers, such as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, and is a trustworthy player. Look at the players Chelsea currently have on the wings – other than Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic are the first two options, and they are aged 19 and 21 respectively.
Yes, he may leave in the summer, but this season Pedro can have a huge influence on those young stars.
Playing with such an experienced and decorated player each day in training will do them the world good. He may leave in the summer, but by that point, those two, and others such as Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, will have a year of top-level football under their belts. Then, Pedro’s work will be done.