Pedro struggling for minutes
Pedro made the switch to Chelsea in 2015, joining from Spanish powerhouse, FC Barcelona.
The Spaniard has notched up nearly 200 appearances for the Blues and has won a number of trophies with the London outfit, including the Premier League and FA Cup.
However, since Frank Lampard stepped into the Chelsea dugout, Pedro has seen his game time reduced dramatically.
The former Barcelona star has made just five Premier League appearances this term and he has not completed 90 minutes in the league since the second week of the season.
With Pedro looking an increasingly marginalised figure at Chelsea, the 32-year-old had been linked with a January move away from Chelsea.
Lampard on Pedro
And with an ageing Pedro out of contract in the summer, perhaps people may have thought Lampard would be open to selling the winger in this window, rather than losing him for free in the summer.
But Lampard has recently claimed that Pedro is part of his plans:
“He is part of my plans, I started the season and he was in my team, and then, unfortunately, he got injured at Norwich before the game, and I had to make a change. Then he was out for a while, and I do have competition in that area.
“He has had bits here and there, I know he wants more games, I get that. But he certainly has something that he can contribute here with his experience and his ability to break lines and run behind people and maybe get those goals in and around the box.
“He is here, I know his contract is up at the end of the season but I am not even looking that far ahead. He is here, he is part of the squad and I need everybody because football can change very quickly.” As quoted by Goal.
Giroud to Inter
But while it appears Pedro won’t be leaving in January with Lampard claiming the winger is part of his plans, one player that could be departing Stamford Bridge is Olivier Giroud.
Like Pedro, Giroud has been somewhat of a fringe player this term.
And now, reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the Frenchman is getting closer to a move to Inter Milan with the forward reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Serie A outfit.
Olivier Giroud is getting closer to Inter. The French striker agreed personal terms yesterday (contract until June 2022) – now Inter and Chelsea are ‘close and confident’ to find total agreement on next days (around €5/6M to Chelsea). #transfers #Chelsea #Inter #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 10, 2020