Roma set ‘to terminate’ Pedro’s contract with Jose Mourinho comments backfiring

Pedro linked back up with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Roma earlier this summer, but now looks set to join their arch rivals Lazio in a shock switch

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Pedro is closing in on his Roma exit with the Giallorossi happy to terminate his contract in order to complete a move to arch-rivals Lazio.

The Spaniard only joined Roma last summer, making the switch to Serie A after his Chelsea contract expired.

Under Paulo Fonseca, Pedro was a regular in the starting line-up, making 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring six times and registering a further seven assists.

But after Fonseca was replaced by Jose Mourinho, it was quickly determined that he was surplus to requirements at the Stadio Olimpico.

Mourinho was actually the manager that initially brought Pedro to Stamford Bridge in 2015, although he would be sacked just four months later.

Pedro only joined Roma last summer, but looks set to be making a move across the city to join Lazio

Pedro subsequently lifted the lid on the poisonous atmosphere in the final days of Mourinho’s second reign.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: “It was about everything, everything just wasn’t right. We were very low in the league, the spirits were very low, the trust was very low, everything was going wrong.

“It made it very difficult to be fit, to be in a good position. It was just the whole thing – it wasn’t right.”

And those comments look set to come back to haunt him, with Mourinho ready to cancel the 34-year-old’s contract so he can leave on a free.

Multiple sources in the Italian press suggest that a deal could be completed imminently with Pedro set to become one of the few players to cross the Rome divide.

After leaving Mourinho, Pedro will link up with another former Chelsea boss, with Maurizio Sarri pinpointing him as his top target.

Jose Mourinho has made it clear the Spaniard isn’t in his plans for the upcoming season

Mourinho is ready to embark on his first season back in European football and has heaped praise on Roma’s owners for their diligent work in the transfer market.

Earlier this week, Tammy Abraham completed a move to the Italian giants in what his new manager described as a big coup.

“I have to say the general manager and owners have been brilliant,” said Mourinho on Roma TV.

“The reality is that we started pre-season thinking we had [Edin] Dzeko and what happened was a bit of a surprise for all of us.

“In an incredibly difficult market and in a financial situation that is difficult for every, or more precisely, almost every club, having the willingness, the ambition, the respect for the fans’ emotions and reacting in this way after losing Dzeko and bringing in Tammy Abraham was a real coup.”

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