Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that he intends to keep Juan Cuadrado at the club following the end of his loan spell at Juventus.
The Colombia international signed for the Blues from Fiorentina during the January transfer window in 2015, and despite arriving to a great fanfare after a fine spell with La Viola and an excellent World Cup, he failed to make any sort of impact under then manager, Jose Mourinho.
Cuadrado was then swiftly shipped back to Serie A to join Juventus on loan for the season just gone, and reports have suggested that he will make that deal a permanent one before the close of the current window.
However, Conte has revealed that the 28-year-old, a player he wanted to sign when he was in charge of Juve, features in his plans going forward and that rumours about his future are nonsensical:
“Juan Cuadrado is a Chelsea player.” He is quoted by Sky Sports. “He will come back very soon.
“He’s in our squad, I’m very happy to have him and train him, I wanted him when I was a coach at Juventus and he will come back very soon and train and play with us.
“Now, he’s a Chelsea player and he’ll stay with us. If something changes you’ll know.”
Cuadrado is known for his diversity, with the pacey wide-man able to play as an advanced winger on either flank, or as a right-sided wing-back.
This range of playing positions may see him fit well under Conte, who is known for his 3-5-2 and 4-2-4 set-ups.