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Pedro announces Chelsea departure in emotional Instagram farewell as Spaniard moves to Roma on free transfer

PEDRO has confirmed his departure from Chelsea in an emotional Instagram farewell.

The winger, 33, spent five years at Stamford Bridge playing 206 times and winning three major honours.

With his contract expiring upon the completion of the Blues' season last night at the hands of Bayern Munich, he will now join Roma on a free transfer.

Pedro wrote: "After five wonderful years my stage at Chelsea FC comes to an end.

"Thanks a lot to the club’s board, to the coaches and teammates I’ve had, and of course to the fans: thank you for the experience of being a member of your big family.

"I’ve been very happy here, you’ve made me feel like home.

"It’s been a pleasure and an honour to play for this club and win the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League titles, as well as competing in one of the world's best football leagues.

"I made the right choice, I take with me wonderful and unforgettable memories.

"I say farewell very pleased with this stage of my career, and I'm also very excited with the next to begin. Thanks and good luck for the future. Come on Blues!!!"

Pedro joined in 2015 from Barcelona in a deal worth £21.25million.

And the serial winner - who already had LaLigas, Champions Leagues, Club World Cups, a World Cup and Euros winners medals - added to his collection with trophies in three consecutive years.

He helped Chelsea win the Premier League under Antonio Conte in 2017, the FA Cup the following season under the same boss and then the Europa League last year with Maurizio Sarri in charge.

The forward scored 43 goals in a Blues shirt, including in the Europa League final and most recently against Everton in their last game before the coronavirus lockdown.

The last of his 206 appearances ended in disappointment as the Spaniard dislocated his shoulder and was stretchered off in the closing minutes of the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

He underwent surgery in the week but was not fit for Chelsea's final game of the season, the 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Pedro had already agreed a two-year deal with Roma for next season but, as revealed by SunSport, will miss the beginning of the new Serie A campaign as a result of the injury.

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