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Chelsea’s Newest Superstar Says What It Means To Play For “The Blues”

Juan Cuadrado had recently admitted that it is a dream come true to play for Chelsea. The Colombian World Cup sensation who finally completed a deadline day move to the Premier League side from Italian side Fiorentina is quite happy to be at Stamford Bridge. The £26.8m deal not only saw the Colombian international join the Blues, but Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah move to the Italian club in exchange as well.

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The 26-year-old, who signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Jose Mourinho’s side could make his debut against Aston Villa today, as Chelsea look to maintain their 5 point cushion at the top of the table over champions Manchester City. Cuadrado was one of the biggest stars in the Serie A before leaving Italy and now believes he can improve his game even more, playing alongside superstars of the caliber of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar and Diego Costa, some of the big names in footballing world at the moment. The superstar who joined the Florence based side in 2012 had made 85 appearances for them and scored a tally of 20 goals in his tenure with the Italians. In an interview, when asked his thoughts of joining the Premier League side and what are his plans for the future he 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.”

Chelsea News: Oscar Warns New Signing Cuadrado, Saying He Will Be “Hated”

Chelsea finally completed the signing of 26 year old Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado who made a move to Stamford Bridge from Italian side Fiorentina on deadline day. The blues’ midfield ace Oscar has warned Cuadrado that life won’t be easy at Chelsea. The established Blues midfield superstar, after the completion of the transfer, recently tweeted his thoughts regarding it,

“Welcome to the biggest club in the world, @cuadrado. When you’re @chelseafc, #therewillbehaters.”

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Cuadrado is a highly talented winger, who has put in great performances this season and can play on either flank or behind the striker. The superstar winger has signed a four-and-a-half year contract, which would be quite pleasing for manager Jose Mourinho, who needed more options in midfield  to challenge for multiple trophies. The Columbian, who put in a great performance at the World Cup and joined Fiorentina in 2012 had made a total of 85 appearances for them, scoring a tally of 20 goals.
Further, in an interview when asked about his views on the move to London, he said,
“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. I’m a quick and positive player and I hope to show that on the field of play and help all of my team-mates. 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.”

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry Hails Chelsea’s New Sensation

Arsenal legend and superstar striker Thierry Henry has reportedly claimed that he feels that Chelsea’s latest signing Juan Cuadrado would be a special player for the Blues. The 26 year old Colombian World Cup sensation, is on the verge of finalizing his £23.8m move to Stamford Bridge. He recently flew into London for a medical examination after parting with Italian side Fiorentina and his team-mates and fans at the club.

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In an interview, Henry, who is a big fan of Columbian said,

“Cuadrado is a special player. He’s a proper winger.

“You don’t see it anymore, but he gets down the lines and puts in crosses for the striker.

“I’m guessing they’re bringing him to Chelsea to put him in the first team. He can break in, he’s a special talent.”

After completing the formalities at his former club in Italy, an emotional message on social media was posted by Cuadrado this morning in Italian, which read,

“Florence will always be in my heart.

“The people are extraordinary. The fans full of passion.

“The Viola launched my career and gave me the opportunity to grow also thanks to a great club and exceptional team-mates.

“Now a new journey awaits me. New emotions. New objective. But always with Florence in my heart. Thank you to everyone! Juan.”

The superstar is set to join a Chelsea side which sits at top of the Premier League table at the moment, still five points clear of Manchester City who shared the points on Saturday at Stamford Bridge in a 1-1 draw. The move also confirms that Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah may leave the club soon, with the German linked with a move back to the Bundesliga. The World Cup winner has been linked for a long time with German outfit Wolfsburg and the money from the deal, would be used to fund the Columbian winger’s move to the Premier League, as suggested by reports.

Deal Almost Done: Chelsea Bound World Cup Sensation Could Debut Against Manchester City

The Blues have been chasing Columbia’s World Cup sensation Juan Cuadrado for quite some time now, to add more quality to their attack. The winger has been close to completing a move to Stamford Bridge over the past few weeks now. Recent reports are now suggesting that the Blues have tied up Cuadrado’s personal terms and agreed to pay his £26.8m release clause in order to bring the 26 year old to the Premier League soon. The Dail Mail claims that the Fiorentina star could even be registered in time to face Manchester City on Saturday.

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The move would increase speculations regarding the future of German World Cup winning winger Andre Schurrle. Schurrle would be most probably shown the exit door and Chelsea will be looking to cash in on him. The possible destinations where the winger is thought to be heading to is either German outfit Borussia Dortmund or Wolfsburg. Chelsea are hoping of securing a £30m for Andre Schurrle as Jose Mourinho struggles to deal with FFP regulations.

Reports also suggest that Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah may go the other way (in a loan move). Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella confirmed the transfer in his recent interview,

He said,

“It was a negotiation which had to be done, From my point of view it’s disappointing, but the club did the right thing.

“A top player has left us, but I still see similar characteristics in Salah. I don’t think [selling Cuadrado] means we have taken a step backwards. [Cuadrado] is a professional and he always wants to play, and I’m pleased because he’s joining a top club.”

“Naturally, we need to understand how long he (Salah) will need to adapt to our football as it’s different from the English and Swiss leagues. From a defensive standpoint, Cuadrado guarantees us a lot more than Salah.

“Cuadrado is a player that has always arrived with a smile and given everything to Fiorentina. I am convinced that if he could have played tomorrow he would have.”

Boost For Manchester United As €35m Star Wants To Force Through Move

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Manchester United have received a transfer boost in the form of Juan Cuadrado as the Colombian is edging for a move come January.

According to Sport Mediase, Cuadrado could move as he wants to play in the Champions League next season. With Fiorentina struggling in the league this season, they could find it hard to qualify for the elite competition next season which could make a few players leave. Cuadrado is probably their biggest star and was linked with a move in July but stayed at the club and even signed a contract extension in October that will keep him at the club until 2019. The Viola have set a €35m release clause in his contract, a fee that Manchester United can easily afford.

Louis Van Gaal’s side are in excellent position in the league as they look to regain the Champions League spot that they lost to Liverpool last season.

Ideal fit for Manchester United

With Louis Van Gaal preferring a 3-5-2 more than any other formation, Cuadrado could be an ideal signing for the Red Devils. The 26-year old was the joint highest assist maker in the World Cup. He can be deployed as a right or left sided midfielder or a wingback. Van Gaal has usually gone with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia at the wing back positions but both of the haven’t done enough as United’s goalkeeper David De Gea has bailed them out on multiple occasions.

Cuadrado is a more natural player to have in that role and hence could fit instantly in the United line up if signed. He has made 12 appearances in the League and five in the Europa league so far. He has impressed this season as well but Fiorentina’s injury list has cost them as they haven’t made a good progress after last season.

Manchester United face Real Madrid competition for €35m World Cup star

According to reports from Spanish based Media Outlet Fichajes, Manchester United have been joined by Real Madrid and Barcelona in the race to sign Colombia’s World Cup star Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina. The 26 year old who was United’s top priority target, after long speculations signed a contract extension with the Florence based side but the right winger recently gave vent to his frustrations. The youngster reportedly has a €35m transfer release clause which is set to kick in the January transfer window. Thus the winger could be available to any club who bids the price quoted.

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Cuadrado would suit the Red Devils’ bill perfectly in the upcoming winter transfer window. Louis Van Gaal is believed to be a huge admirer of he Colombian and could plot a move yet again for the player in January. Moreover, Cuadrado is capable of playing also in the right back role, something which would be a huge upgrade over Rafael, the Brazilian who is frequently injury prone.

It is believed that Real would also jump at the bandwagon to sign the player given Alvaro Arbeloa’s future in the Spanish capital is in jeopardy. Moreover, Barcelona also have a transfer window ban as directed by FIFA, so the Catalan side’s interest might be insignificant.

United have a sizeable transfer kitty which they can use in January as they target a top four place this season as they look to secure Champions League football for next season. Cuadrado has great potential and is immensely pacy and a great dribbler who comes with great passing ability. Fiorentina had also been resigned to the fact that they could lose their prized asset but it will be interesting to see where Cuadrado ends up in January. Or will he stay put at Florence?

Double Blow For Manchester United: After Pogba, They Are Set To Lose Out On Fiorentina Star Too

Former Manchester United player Paul Pogba has signed a new contract with Juventus that will keep at the club until 2019, thus ending Chelsea’s and former employers United’s interest in him. Pogba, who went to Juve on a free transfer in 2012, signed a new five-year contract that will give him close to £70,000-a-week (three times his previous wages of £23,000-a-week).

Juve’s director general Giuseppe Marotta said, “We have just signed Paul Pogba’s renewal until 2019.”

The move will come as a blow for United who were trying to re-sign the 21-year old. Chelsea too were linked with him, but will have to look elsewhere. After former Juventus manager Antonio Conte’s resignation, there were rumours that Pogba will move elsewhere to ply his trade, but quite clearly, the Frenchman wants to stay at the club.

Van Gaal set to lose out on Juan Cuadrado

Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado is also set to sign a new contract if he hasn’t signed it already. According to Football-Italia, Cuadrado has already signed a contract extension at the club. He revealed his happiness on twitter last evening after having signed a new contract which was translated by the Italian website.

It read, “I’m happy for the renewal.

“I thank my agent Alessandro Lucci, the Della Valle family, the club as a whole and in particular the President Cognini for his availability. Forza Viola!”

The report also revealed that the contract is runs till 2019 and has a release clause of  €35m. Cuadrado’s wages were increased as he’ll now earn around to €2.5m per year.

The news is yet to be officially announced by the club, but considering all the media attention, it’s only a matter of time.

Manchester United were hoping to sign the versatile Colombian possibly in January or in the summer, but will now have to cough up a significant fee  that will tempt the Italian club to sell.

11 Goals, 5 Assists – Chelsea Are In Prime Position To Sign This £32m Manchester United Target

Chelsea are set to make a £32m bid for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado in the January transfer window according to Daily Express.

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According to reports, the midfielder’s contract talks have come to a halt which have enabled some clubs to start considering a bid for the 26-year old. Cuadrado’s contract expires in June 2017, but despite that the Viola want to tie him down to a new deal as he is one of the best players in their squad.

The Colombian can play either as a winger or as a full-back. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho can use Cuadrado anywhere down the right hand side as his work rate is impeccable; a characteristic that the Portuguese manager likes his players to have.

Cuadrado has made 5 appearances so far for Fiorentina and has scored 2 goals in the process. Last season, he has bagged 11 goals and 5 assists in Serie A. He was an essential figure in Colombia’s World Cup run along with James Rodriguez and has the highest number of assists to his name.

Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona also interested

Cuadrado is also being chased by United, Bayern and Barcelona. The trio were linked with him in the summer transfer window as well. However, according to reports, Chelsea are in prime position to sign the winger.

He suits the profile of all the 3 teams because of the system they play. All the 3 teams tried the formation with 3 at the back which in turn requires good wingbacks to support the midfield and defence. While Barcelona tried to use Dani Alves as a wingback, Bayern used Rafinha in that position. Louis Van Gaal has changed the system after it did not produce the required results with attacking players like Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia playing as the wingbacks. Cuadrado’s signature could be the missing piece that could solve the ‘wingback position’ problem.

Cuadrado has represented Udinese, Lecce and Fiorentina in the Italian Serie A. He is at the peak of his powers now, so it won’t be long before he moves elsewhere to realize his full potential.