Pedro is set to sit out the rest of Chelsea’s campaign after the forward agreed terms with Italian side Roma on a two-year deal, according to reports.
The Spaniard is a free agent at the end of this month, but was expected to sign a short-term deal that would see him finish the remainder of the 2019/20 season at Chelsea.
However the Athletic claim Pedro is unwilling to sign any new contract with Chelsea and doesn’t want to play for the blues again.
That is because the 32-year-old forward has come to terms with Roma over a £56,000-a-week deal that will see him earn £2.9million yearly in Italy.
Pedro was always expected to leave the club at the end of the current season, but Chelsea had been working hard to convince him to sign a short-term deal so he could remain part of Lampard’s squad.
Lampard is going to need every member of his first-team squad with matches coming thick and fast as the Premier League look to finish this campaign by the end of July.
But it will only take a huge U-turn from Pedro for Lampard to be able to call on the former Barcelona attacker.
All temporary deals must be signed by next Tuesday, but Pedro fears any injury he may pick up could see his transfer move to Roma fall through.
Clubs are concerned about the possibility of increased injuries after a three-month lay-off in the Premier League.
Chelsea resume football action against Aston Villa on Sunday and will play in three competitions in a packed end to the campaign.
However, Pedro has been training with Chelsea as normal and is not the only player out of contact at the end of this month.