New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that out-of-favour winger Juan Cuadrado will return to West London following the culmination of his season-long loan deal at Juventus, according to a report in the Evening Standard.
Such had been the player’s impact in Turin that Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta had attempted to broker a permanent move for the exciting winger, but ultimately the arrival of Italian boss Antonio Conte to Stamford Bridge – who is extremely familiar with Juventus and Serie A – has decided that the 28-year-old can play a part in the Blues’ forthcoming campaign.
The Colombian was signed by Jose Mourinho from Fiorentina in February 2015 for a fee in excess of £26m, after impressing for his country in their World Cup exploits in Brazil. However, the player made a mere four Premier League starts for the club before Mourinho sanctioned his move to Juve – where he impressed immensely.
Blues manager Conte is adamant that Cuadrado will feature more readily than in his previous spell at the club, remarking:
“Juan Cuadrado is a Chelsea player.
“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.”
Chelsea start their Premier League campaign on August 15th at home to West Ham United, hoping for a marked improvement on their underwhelming league showing last season when they finished in 10th position.
The club have already strengthened their ranks by signing striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for £33.2m and midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante from rivals Leicester City for £32m.