Conte demands Chelsea keep international star as he draws up plans

Antonio Conte has urged Chelsea not to let Juan Cuadrado leave the club this summer as he draws up his plans ahead of a potential move to the west of London, according to reports from the Guardian.

The Italy boss is expected to succeed Guus Hiddink at the end of the season when the Dutchman’s interim spell comes to an end and the European Championships have finished, although no official announcement has been made yet.

It’s understood that conversations surrounding transfer business have already taken place and that Conte himself has given the club a list of targets he is keen on, and reports claim that the 46-year-old has also made it clear he wants Cuadrado to stay.

The Colombia international has spent this season on loan at Juventus after a difficult six months at Stamford Bridge following his January 2015 arrival, and there have been suggestions the Serie A giants are eager to make the transfer a permanent one.

Conte was keen to sign the 27-year-old during his time at the Old Lady’s boss, but was unable to lure the versatile wide-man away from Fiorentina.

His chances, however, of working with Cuadrado this time around are significantly higher, with no clause in place allowing Juve to buy the player for a set fee.