Two of Chelsea’s long-serving players left the club earlier this week as Willian and Pedro waved goodbye to South West London.
The experienced duo saw their existing Chelsea contracts come to an end, becoming free agents. Willian is expected to join The Blues’ Premier League rivals Arsenal in the coming days.
Both players are adored by the Chelsea fans and we have taken a look back at their careers at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro joined Chelsea back in 2015 in a reported £19 million deal from Spanish giants FC Barcelona. The Blues have certainly got their money back on the transfer with the Spaniard making 206 appearances for the club in all competitions, netting 43 goals. The forward has lifted the Premier League title, Emirates FA Cup and UEFA Europa League trophy as a Chelsea player and he played a big part in all of those successes.
Teammate Willian has spent the last seven years of his career at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea signed the player for £30 million from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. The Brazilian midfielder has twice been voted the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year while he has also won the Chelsea’s Player of the Year award.
Willian has won the same club honours as Pedro but can also add another Premier League title and the Carabao Cup to his tally. The player left The Bridge on the back of 339 appearances in all competitions in which he netted 63 goals.
Both Pedro and Willian have written themselves into Chelsea history and they will be sorely missed by both their teammates and the fans next season.