Oscar has warned Chelsea’s latest star signing Juan Cuadrado to expect haters after the Colombia international completed his £26.8 million move from Fiorentina on Monday.
The Brazilian playmaker posted on Twitter: “Welcome to the biggest club in the world, @cuadrado. When you're @chelseafc, #therewillbehaters”.
The #therewillbehaters hashag is being used by adidas to promote their latest range of football boots - and clearly Oscar feels his new teammate should brace himself for some stick at Stamford Bridge.
Cuadrado to make Chelsea bow this weekend
Cuadrado signed for Chelsea in the biggest deal of the January transfer window after Andre Schurrle completed his £24 million move to Wolfsburg and Mohamed Salah joined Fiorentina on a six-month loan deal.
One of the stars of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, Cuadrado could make his Chelsea debut away to Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime.
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The live-wire South American winger scored six goals in 23 appearances for La Viola prior to his move to Stamford Bridge, and caught the eye last season by netting an impressive 15 goals from 43 matches.
Cuadrado will line up alongside Oscar, Hazard and Diego Costa in Chelsea’s new-look forward line - arguably the strongest attacking line up in the Premier League.
Trophies up for grabs
His arrival should boost Chelsea’s chances of finishing the season as Premier League champions. The Blues currently sit five points clear of second-placed Manchester City at the top of the table with 15 matches left to play.
Cuadrado will also be expected to make an impact in the Champions League, with Chelsea facing a tough two-legged tie against French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 stage of the competition.
The Colombian could win his first trophy for Chelsea next month, when the Blues go head-to-head with Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final.
Cuadrado began his professional career with Independiente Medellín before sealing a move to Udinese in 2009.
After three years with the Italian club, the 26-year-old secured a move to Fiorentina, where he has cemented his reputation as one of European football’s most exciting wingers over the past two-and-a-half seasons.
Now Chelsea fans are hoping he can continue producing consistently impressive performances on a weekly basis at Stamford Bridge.
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