Spanish forward Pedro Rodriguez has waved goodbye to Chelsea on Sunday in an emotional Instagram post ahead of his move to Roma.

The 33-year-old’s contract expired following Chelsea’s defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Saturday and he will move to Serie A as a free agent.

Pedro, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £21m in 2015, won three major honours in five years at Stamford Bridge.

But he was becoming increasingly sidelined this season, starting only eight Premier League games, and was told the club would not stand in his way.

“After five wonderful years my stage at Chelsea FC comes to an end,” Pedro wrote.

“Thanks a lot to the club’s board, to the coaches and teammates I’ve had, and of course to the fans: thank you for the experience of being a member of your big family.

“I’ve been very happy here, you’ve made me feel like home.

“It’s been a pleasure and an honour to play for this club and win the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League titles, as well as competing in one of the world’s best football leagues.

“I made the right choice, I take with me wonderful and unforgettable memories.

“I say farewell very pleased with this stage of my career, and I’m also very excited with the next to begin. Thanks and good luck for the future. Come on Blues!!!”

The 2010 World Cup winner has already been replaced at Stamford Bridge with the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner this summer.

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