Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has insisted that Antonio Conte’s expected arrival at Chelsea won’t influence Juan Cuadrado’s future in Turin.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s 4-1 win in the Derby della Mole against Torino, Marotta essentially confirmed that Conte would be taking charge at Stamford Bridge.
Although no official announcement has been made, it was confirmed last week that the Italy boss would be leaving his current post after Euro 2016 this summer when his contract with the FIGC expires, as noted by The Guardian.
Having long been linked with a move to Chelsea, Marotta revealed his pride behind seeing Conte land a top job in England but doesn’t believe that it will have an impact on their desire to keep Cuadrado in Turin.
“The fact Antonio Conte is going to Chelsea just confirms that we made a good choice when we took him from Siena. I am proud of this and for him,” he told Mediaset Premium, as reported by Football Italia.
“Cuadrado? I don’t think Conte will influence our decision. We could keep him here.”
The Colombian international struggled in his short spell in England after signing for Chelsea following an impressive stint with Fiorentina.
However, he has rediscovered his confidence and form with the Bianconeri, scoring four goals and creating seven in 34 appearances in all competitions.
Having become a regular under Massimiliano Allegri given his energy and work ethic, Cuadrado could well find himself with another opportunity to impress in the Premier League next season with his loan deal set to come to an end in June.
Nevertheless, it would seem a risk for him to leave Italy for a second time having established himself as an important part of the team in Turin.
As the wait goes on for Conte to be confirmed as the long-term successor to Jose Mourinho, the Italian tactician could face a few headaches in signing his preferred targets this summer as he looks to build his own team and stamp his own mark down in west London.