Chelsea's new signing Juan Cuadrado is famously fleet of foot and he has revealed an unusual side-effect from this ability to speed up and down the pitch for 90 minutes - he is tormented by a witch.
Speaking after his £27million deadline day move to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina last week, the Colombia international admitted he likes to pound out the yards when he plays, claiming he usually covers at least more than 10km during a full match.
"In the past, I had this nightmare in which I run and run" - Cuadrado
Cuadrado made his debut in the hard-fought 2-1 victory over Aston Villa - Jose Mourinho's first ever win away at the Villains in his time as Chelsea boss - and the new arrival got a run out for the final ten minutes.
While there was little time for the 26-year-old to give a proper glimpse of what he will bring to the Blues squad, he assured fans that they can look forward to him at least putting in the hard yards out on the wing. Though him doing so led to some unfortunate night time consequences.
“I like to run a lot out on the pitch. In fact, I run between 10km and 12km during a match and that is why after having played, I tend to go to sleep late. It’s because I still have all this adrenaline inside my body," he was quoted as saying by the Sunday People.
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"In the past, I had this nightmare in which I run and run – and a witch is running right behind me. When she is about to catch me, I get up. Up to now, she has not caught me yet.”
Well, that was a most unusual admission from a Premier League star and is a surprising level of openness for a player plying his trade at a club as high-profile as Chelsea. GMS wonders if this came up in the medical he did before completing the transfer.
Not A Problem So Far
So far it seems the witch has not been a detriment to his performances as he has been making quite a name for himself in Serie A over the past couple of seasons. His speed and skill on the right hand side have dazzled many a defender in Italy, as well as playing for Colombia.
Chelsea fans will be thankful that their new signing has not been caught by the nightmare witch up to know, though they will be dreading what will happen if he can't quite run fast enough that one time. Spooky.