Chelsea New Boy Juan Cuadrado Explains Why He Rejected Manchester United

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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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