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It looks as though Roma winger Pedro will pay the price for his previous comments on Jose Mourinho after reports broke on Wednesday that the 'Special One' has made it clear to the Spaniard that he is not in his plans going forward.
Mourinho has linked up with a number of his former players after taking the job in the Italian capital, with Chris Smalling and Herikh Mkhitaryan having worked under him at Manchester United.
Mourinho actually signed Pedro for Chelsea in August 2015 during his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, but the Portuguese boss left the club just four months later following a disappointing run of results.
Pedro and Jose Mourinho briefly worked together at Chelsea
Pedro later spoke out about what went wrong for his ex-manager, and lifted the lid on the poisonous atmosphere that had engulfed the team.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: "It was about everything, everything just wasn’t right. We were very low in the league, the spirits were very low, the trust was very low, everything was going wrong.
"It made it very difficult to be fit, to be in a good position. It was just the whole thing – it wasn’t right."
Pedro also defended Mourinho's permanent successor Antonio Conte when the two clashed on the sidelines the next year, saying: "Mourinho's reaction was out of context. Conte was not making humiliating gestures or jeering.
"I don't know if Mou considered it a lack of respect or a provocation but that was not Conte's intention."
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There certainly appears to be bad blood between the pair, and as a result it is perhaps no surprise that Pedro will now seemingly be left to find a new club.
According to Sky Sport Italia, the 33-year-old has held talks with Mourinho and has been told in no uncertain terms that he is not wanted, despite the fact he was an important part of the Roma first-team last season under Paulo Fonseca.
Pedro still has two years on his contract with the Serie A side, but will likely be let go on a cut-price deal for any potential suitors.
Mourinho clearly means business at Roma, and is already whipping his players into shape by filming their training sessions with a drone and showing them their mistakes in real time.
Mourinho is quickly stamping his mark on Roma
(Image: AS Roma via Getty Images)
The club released a video of the drone technology being set-up which displays the players huddled around a camera watching their actions back.
Mourinho said in his first press conference: "You always talk about titles, we talk about the project and work. It would be easy to promise a title, but the reality is different.
“The owners don’t want an isolated success, they want to get there and stay there, which is more difficult.
“It’s easy to win and have no money to pay salaries, but we want to be sustainable and the club and I share the same view. We’ll work and we’ll reach a title.”
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