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South American Chelsea midfielder confirms move to European giants

Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado has completed a departure from Stamford Bridge, moving to Juventus on a season-long loan deal.

The transfer was confirmed on Juventus’ Twitter account, with the club welcoming the Colombian international and sharing a clip of the former Fiorentina star adding the ‘finishing touches’ to his contract in Turin.

The versatile player moved to London in a £27.1 million deal from Tuscany last January [Standard], with the hope that his directness, his speed and his dribbling ability would make him a valuable asset to the Pensioners squad.

However, despite helping the Blues to the Premier League title last term, Cuadrado struggled to assert himself in English football, making only four starts and a further 11 outings from the bench.

Despite his ability to play up and down both flanks, the South American failed to dislodge the likes of Willian from Jose Mourinho’s starting XI. Despite making an appearance as a substitute against Manchester City this season, the winger was apparently deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

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The arrival of Pedro from Barcelona appears to have been the final nail in the coffin for Cuadrado at Chelsea, with the World Cup-winner another option for a wide role at Chelsea.

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