Chelsea starlet Joao Rodriguez’s deadline-day loan move to Vitoria de Guimaraes has been cast under the spotlight due to contrasting reports, according to the Daily Express.
The paper are claiming that confusion currently reigns supreme with regards to the future of Rodriguez, with various outlets of the opinion that a late deal did go through for the youngster, but his parent club non-committal on the matter.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, usually the go-to-publication for all things involving Portuguese clubs, has reported - as per the Express - that Rodriguez did indeed join Guimaraes, but Chelsea’s official website hasn’t announced the news and still has him listed as being with Bastia.
The Colombian youngster was with Claude Makelele’s Ligue 1 outfit for the first half of this campaign, but rumours are inferring that the former Blues ace called time on Rodriguez’s spell, opening the door for him to seek another loan move.
Indeed the report in the Express indicates that Jose Mourinho is believed to be a firm believer that the 18-year-old has good potential for the future, and so the idea of him moving elsewhere to get game-time is feasible.
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However clarification has yet to be offered from any official footballing body as to whether or not Rodriguez will be playing for Guimaraes until the summer, or Chelsea’s youth academy. Until the Blues issue their own statement it could remain a mystery, though it isn’t likely to have an overriding bearing on the player’s development in the long-run either way.
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One Colombian whose future is assured is Juan Cuadrado’s, with the 26-year-old in line to make a debut against Aston Villa this Saturday. Due to the injury suffered by Francesc Fabregas Mourinho is going to have to shuffle his squad to some degree, and that could see his new January signing enter the fray sooner than expected.
With Fabregas expected to be gone for up to two matches due to a hamstring complaint, Oscar may drop into the midfield, freeing up space in the attacking triumvirate that usually forms behind Diego Costa. Eden Hazard and Willian are both regulars in the position, and the former may move into a more central role to allow Cuadrado space on the wing.