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Chelsea New Boy Juan Cuadrado Explains Why He Rejected Manchester United

Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado may make his debut against Aston Villa this weekend, but he could have been turning out for Manchester United instead…

Juan Cuadrado completed his £23m switch from Fiorentina to Chelsea on transfer deadline day, but prior to moving to Stamford Bridge he reportedly turned down an offer from Manchester United.

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The 26-year-old Colombian international was speaking ahead of a potential debut against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, giving his second interview since joining the Blues.

Cuadrado, who was quoted by the Daily Star, said: “I am very happy to be part of this team, I’m very grateful to have been given this possibility to live what has been a childhood dream for me, which is to play for a very big club – in fact, one of the best clubs in the world.”

“To be on the same team as all these big players is amazing for me, not only from a football point of view and how I can grow as a player, but also personally, to be surrounded by so many champions. It’s always going to make you want to grow and improve even more.

“I’m now training and I was made to feel really welcome when I arrived. To me, that was very telling, because it’s clear we have a close-knit group and when that’s the case off the pitch, on the pitch that has to shine through.

“In football you have to play for each other, and I can already see that’s what they do here. There is a real sense of togetherness and a big union within the team.”

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