Aston Villa ‘want to offer struggling Pedro a way out’ as he falls out of favour at Chelsea

Aston Villa are ready to offer Chelsea winger Pedro an escape route from Stamford Bridge after becoming sidelined by Frank Lampard this season.

The Spaniard is struggling for regular minutes after watching a host of young guns excel and take their chance under their new manager, and he has been limited to just four starts in the league.

He has nine appearances in all competitions, with Lampard utilising his experience in the cups, but with his contract running down next summer and Chelsea looking no closer to agreeing an extension, Pedro could take up an opportunity elsewhere.

Staying in the country where he has plied his trade for the last four years might suit the Spaniard and Aston Villa hope to persuade him to join their ranks, with regular minutes on offer, according to the Telegraph.

The report claims that Villains boss Dean Smith is eager to strengthen his options in attack in the January transfer window, and the Midlands outfit could secure Pedro at a discounted fee with his contract expiring and Chelsea keen to cash in rather than lose him for nothing.

Chelsea had their two-window transfer ban reduced to just one on Friday, allowing them to sign players in January – possibly paving the way for Pedro’s departure if Lampard can secure some squad players to offer depth.

Pedro has had to contend with plenty of competition so far this season – new signing Christian Pulisic struggled initially but is now impressing down the wing.

Meanwhile Callum Hudson-Odoi has made his comeback from injury to give Lampard a selection headache.

Villa have had a troubled season and are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference, so having the experience of Pedro in their squad could only be a positive as they look to avoid falling back into the Championship.

Pedro has been with Chelsea for four years having joined in 2015 from Barcelona.

He has enjoyed a successful career with the Blues after making 192 appearances and scooping three trophies – the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Europa League

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