CHELSEA are sweating on winger Pedro signing a temporary deal to help the club through Project Restart.
The vastly experienced Spaniard has agreed to stay on at the club for the remaining nine Premier League games once his contract expires at the end of this month.
But veteran Pedro, 32, is holding out on putting pen to paper in solidarity with team-mate Willian who will also become a free agent from July 1.
“He wants to do the right thing by the club too after a long time there and see the season out. But equally, he does not want to be the first one who signs before his pals have done the same.
“And Willian’s situation is a bit different to his own. Willian is open to staying on at Stamford Bridge. Pedro is not keen to ‘break ranks’ and go it alone.”
Highly-decorated Pedro will fall just short of his five year anniversary at Chelsea should the club make it all the way to this season’s rejigged FA Cup final on August 1.
He is not only monitoring developments with his own team-mates before committing to Chelsea.
Pedro is also keeping an eye on what fellow Spaniard David Silva does at Manchester City – he too is out of contract on June 30.
Champions League and Cup matches must also be squeezed in.
And even if Chelsea finalise a £54million move for striker Timo Werner next week, the German won’t be able to play for them until next season.
All of which increases the importance of settled players like Willian and Pedro.
Willian has not given up hope of extending his contract and staying on for another year.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hopes a compromise on the length of contract can be thrashed out.
Willian wants three years but is being offered only two.
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Pedro wants to bow out on a positive note with Chelsea, having won the Premier League with them three years ago plus the FA Cup and Europa League.
Consequently, he fancies a move to Valencia when his time at Chelsea does come to an end although there is also the option of a big-money payday to Qatar or the MLS.