Pedro confirms he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season
Th Spanish forward explained to 'The Independent': "My contract is due to expire. As for my future, we'll see what happens".
Pedro has confirmed that he will leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season. The Spanish forward explained that his time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end in declarations to Cadena SER: "I’m terminating my contract, but right now it’s not the most important thing, nor have I stopped to think about it. The most important thing is for everyone to show solidarity. Whatever happens regarding my future will happen, but right now it’s not important as we don’t even know when we will return to training," he said. "As many people might already know, my contract will be up in May but I still haven't spoken to the club about whether they plan to renew it or not or if I will continue".
The 32-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona in the summer of 2015, later had to put the record straight again on the club's official web page after his comments prompted a reaction on social media: "I've seen loads of messages from Chelsea fans saying goodbye and thanking me for the time I've spent here, which I appreciate, but I'd like to tell all the fans simply that my current contract is coming to an end but I still have to talk to the club. I don't know whether I'll keep playing here or not. That conversation is still to come. But I have not signed for any other club. I belong to Chelsea. I have a contract. My wish is to be able to stay here but obviously we don't know what will happen. I have to speak to the club and let's see what happens".
Chelsea join fight against Coronavirus
Pedro also spoke about how how the club has been dealing with the coronavirus crisis after team mate Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive: “We have been in quarantine because one of our players (Hudson-Odoi) tested positive for coronavirus. He is now well and we are very happy for him," he explained.
According to The Independent, Pedro, who is unable to be with his family due to the travel restrictions imposed on the squad, paid for 3000 protective screens for use in Spanish hospitals who are struggling to deal with the Covid-19 crisis: “I am very sorry for everything that is happening and the news that comes to us from Spain. From here, I once again thank all the health personnel, the state security forces, the people who are in the supermarkets day-by-day. Thank you to everyone for the work you are doing. Hopefully, we can stop this virus," the player said, before elaborating further on Chelsea's web page.
Pedro helping those in need back home in Spain
"We are working together with a lot of hospitals, not just in the Canary Islands, but also in Madrid, Barcelona and other parts of Spain. We have begun some good projects which include distributing protective screens for all the nurses, doctors, security guards and police officers. We're trying to distribute the biggest possible number of protective masks for all these professionals, not only in the Canaries, but in the areas where there have been the most cases, in Madrid and Catalunya," he said.
"We're also trying to help many people through this initiative by supplying food for healthcare workers. Given the long hours they are working, it's sometimes hard for them to get access to food, so we're delivering meals to workers at different hospitals in various locations. These are some of the first initiatives we have but we're open to getting involved with many others. I will try to help the maximum possible number of people, so that once more we can say thank you to all the people who are confronting this situation day after day and who have to contend with the virus, and with the people who have been affected on a daily basis. We want to thank them once more in this way for the work they are doing every day".
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