New Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado has spoken for the first time about his move to Stamford Bridge.
Cuadrado arrived on Transfer Deadline Day from Fiorentina for $35 million, as the 26-year-old Colombian international will boost Chelsea’s attack between now and the end of the season.
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With Andre Schurrle leaving for Wolfsburg and Mohamed Salah heading on loan to Fiorentina to replace Cuadrado, the Blues have once again wheeled and dealed superbly to basically break even.
Jose Mourinho has now offloaded the likes of Juan Mata, David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku and Schurrle for over $225 million in the past 12 months to boost Chelsea’s bank balance in the fight against Financial Fair Play and he’s invested smartly in Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Cesc Fabregas and others to improve his squad. As for his newest acquisition, Cuadrado is delighted to have signed for the current Premier League leaders and is relishing the chance to work for Mourinho.
“The best part about this dream is that I’m going to be part of such a big club. For me that is a huge motivation to perform well,” Cuadrado said. “I’m a quick and positive player and I hope to show that on the field of play and help all of my teammates. It is really going to be brilliant to work with one of the best coaches anywhere in the world. I’m very proud to be playing for him and I think he is going to help me grow into a better player.”
Cuadrado then went on to say that he hopes to bring plenty of trophies and be a part of a successful period in the history of the west London club.
“We are a big club, so winning important things [is the aim]. Playing for this team, the league championship is I think the most important thing,” Cuadrado said. “As for everything else, Chelsea have big players so we want to win big things. Best wishes to all of the Chelsea fans. I hope to perform for them in the best possible way and I hope we can achieve a lot of things together.”
With the Colombian’s wing wizadry making him one of the most exciting players at the 2014 World Cup last summer, it is time to see if he can cut it in the PL and add a different dimension to Chelsea’s attack with his jinxing runs and pinpoint crosses. With Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar to compete with, Cuadrado will have to work hard to get in the team but will add something slightly different which could prove vital down the stretch for Mourinho’s men.