Juan Cuadrado in Conte’s plans at Chelsea

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Juan Cuadrado is still on vacation after featuring for Colombia at the Copa America, but he will be returning to the Chelsea camp soon and that’s where he will stay.

After spending last season on loan at Juventus, new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has said that the Colombian winger is in his plans Stamford Bridge next season.

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Cuadrado was signed by Jose Mourinho during the January transfer window in 2015, playing in 14 matches down the stretch as Chelsea won the Premier League title as well as the League Cup.

However, after making one appearance in the 2015-16 season, he was sent on a season-long loan to Juventus, where he won Serie A and Coppa Italia titles. Conte, who managed Juventus from 2011-14, told Chelsea’s club website that he has been a fan of Cuadrado’s for years and is excited to have him join up with the squad.

Juan Cuadrado is a Chelsea player. He will come back very soon. He’s in our squad, I’m very happy to have him and train him.

I wanted him when I was a coach at Juventus and he will come back very soon and train and play with us. Now, he’s a Chelsea player and he’ll stay with us. If something changes you’ll know.

Pedro‘s arrival in London last summer pushed Cuadrado out, although the move did not necessarily work in Chelsea’s favor. Having played nearly his entire career in Italy, Conte may see Cuadrado as a player who can adapt to his system quickly and make an immediate impact in the side.