Out-of-contract Pedro chooses next club after Chelsea exit

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Chelsea forward Pedro will join Roma when his contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer, claims a report in Spain.

Diario Sport report that Pedro has chosen the Serie A side ahead of a host of other clubs who were keen on the 32-year-old’s services.

LaLiga trio Valencia, Real Betis and Sevilla were all believed to be chasing the Spaniard, who has been with the Blues for five years.

In March Pedro said he would be leaving Chelsea this summer, but almost immediately the midfielder backtracked on the remarks and claimed: “I don’t know whether I’ll keep playing here or not.”

The Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia then claimed Roma had prepared an offer of €3m a year, plus bonuses to tempt Pedro with a move to the Eternal City.

It’s almost certain that Pedro will have taken a cut on his £100,000-a-week wages in west London, and if the Italian source are to be believed he will see his wages reduced to around half of his current salary.

The Tenerife-born player, who is officially contracted to Chelsea until June 30, previously admitted his preference is to extend his deal in the capital.

“My wish is to be able to stay here,” said Pedro, but Chelsea are not keen on extending deals on players over 30 and he could leave before the end of the month on a free transfer.