Former Chelsea star Pedro Rodriguez has become the first player in 40 years to make the rare move from AS Roma to bitter rivals SS Lazio.
The 34-year-old only arrived in the Italian capital last summer, leaving the Blues to join the Giallorossi on a free transfer. However, despite hitting the ground running at Stadio Olimpico, he soon struggled for form and lost his place in the side.
Pedro’s underwhelming spell at Roma meant that he was not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans this year, and he was free to find himself a new club for the upcoming season. And the Spaniard has landed himself another move, although he’ll be sticking around in the Italian capital.
Roma’s fiercest rivals Lazio announced that they have signed Pedro on a two-year deal on Thursday, and he has been handed the number nine shirt for the Aquile.
The transfer sees the former Barcelona man become the first player in 40 years to make that direct switch, where he’ll team up with Maurizio Sarri, who he played under during the pair’s time at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro joins a select group of players who have dared to don both jerseys of the two Italian capital city clubs, with the most recent example being Aleksandar Kolarov.
The Inter man spent three years at Lazio before signing for Manchester City in 2010, but he returned to Serie A with Roma after seven years in the Premier League.
Pedro was contracted to Roma until the summer of 2023, but the club has allowed him to leave for free in an attempt to lower their hefty wage bill. He would have cost the Giallorossi a further £7m over the next two seasons, and once Mourinho had decided he was surplus to requirements, it became essential to remove his salary from the books.