Grim reading for Chelsea fans… Departed star thrilled to be out

Juan Cuadrado has revealed he “did everything” he could to leave Chelsea for Juventus over the summer and that he’s “very happy” his move went through.

The Colombia international returned to London from Turin over the summer after a season in Serie A with the Old Lady and initially appeared to be a player Antonio Conte wanted in his new Blues set-up.

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However, as the summer transfer deadline approached , Cuadrado moved back to Juve on an unusual three-year loan deal, which requires the Italian champions to pay £4m-a-year before a final sum of £8.4m to keep him on permanently.

And speaking to JTV (as quoted by CalcioMercatoWeb), Cuadrado has lifted the lid on his switch back to Juventus, claiming he’s thrilled to have re-joined the European heavyweights, who are once again favourites for the Italian title.

“It’s exciting. To see the stands and the noise the fans make, I’m excited by the public’s support,” he said. “I did everything to come back, and thanks to God I’m here. I’m very happy.”

Even though Cuadrado failed to settle in the west of London, Chelsea fans are unlikely to be happy to hear that he was so eager to leave the club.