Mourinho wants South American midfielder at Chelsea, agent says he’ll be there

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Juan Cuadrado will be a Chelsea player next season despite rumours of interest from other clubs this summer, the South American’s agent is quoted in the Metro.

The Colombian international has struggled to impress since moving to the Blues from Fiorentina in January, where he had built up a reputation as potentially one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe with some dazzling displays.

Still, Cuadrado has been unable to take that Serie A form with him to the Premier League as he struggled to make many appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side in the second half of the 2014/15 season.

According to the London Evening Standard, Juventus could be one of the teams interested in bringing in the 27-year-old this summer, though his representative Alessandro Lucci has now been quoted in the Metro as saying that, despite the speculation, he fully expects his client to be at Stamford Bridge next season.

“I read with amazement in some English and Italian newspaper about imaginary figures and agents associated with Cuadrado, so I think it’s right to clarify the situation,” Lucci said.

“Cuadrado is a Chelsea player, strongly backed by Mourinho – who believes in him. Juan is fine in London and is very likely to remain at Chelsea. He has interest from other teams but I will repeat – Juan is a Chelsea player.”

It may be that Mourinho has long-term plans for Cuadrado despite not initially using him very often, with some players often taking a little time to adjust to the pace of the English game after joining from abroad.

Clearly, there is plenty to suggest that the Copa America ace has what it takes to succeed at a big club given what he’s shown in his career so far.

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