Pedro leaves Roma for Lazio in first move of its kind since 1985

Pedro Rodriguez has made a controversial move by heading down the rarely-trodden path from Roma to Lazio.

The Spanish winger arrived in Rome last summer to play for the Giallorossi, but struggled for consistency across his 40 appearances. He only managed to score six goals, the last of which came against Lazio to restore some personal pride.

Pedro is now undoing that by becoming the first player in 36 years to move from Roma to Lazio directly. The last was Astutillo Malgioglio, a backup goalkeeper, in 1985, although some other players have represented both clubs  since via others in between.

Out of the project under Jose Mourinho, Pedro was training separately during pre-season and Roma will be relieved to get his wages off the books – so much so that they have had no problems handing him to their closest rivals for, reportedly, free.

With the Biancocelesti, Pedro will work under his ex-Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri again.

This would normally be the time to wish the departing player good luck, but that will obviously not be the case in this instance! At least we can thank him for his goal against his new employers…

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