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Juan Cuadrado to hold talks with Chelsea over future

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Juan Cuadrado is set to hold showdown talks with Chelsea over his future less than six months after completing a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Colombian was a £26 million signing in the January window from Fiorentina, however he failed to make an impression during the Blues' title-winning campaign and didn't score a single goal or provide an assist.

The deal was made all the worse by the fact that winger Mohamed Salah went in the opposite direction and managed six Serie A goals in 16 appearances to help Fiorentina claim fourth place. Andre Schurrle also left Stamford Bridge for Wolfsburg in the January window, helping the German club qualify for the Champions League and claim victory in the DFB-Pokal Cup final over Borussia Dortmund.

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Now the Evening Standard claim that Cuadrado and his representatives will meet with Chelsea officials over the next few days in order to establish what role, if any, he will have for next season - and that will form the basis of his decision over his future,

The Standard claim that Cuadrado, who starred for his country at the World Cup last summer, is open to a return to Italy if Chelsea won't give him the first team action he wants, with Inter Milan and Roma both said to be interested in a move.

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However there could be a major sticking point over a move with Chelsea looking to recoup the vast majority of the fee they paid for the 27-year-old if they do indeed decide to sell.

Previously, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that Cuadrado needs time to settle into life in England and will shine in his second season - if he makes it that far.

Time

"I don't think it's the best thing for him that I speak about expectations," he said. "He needs his time. He is not a panic buy. It's a reaction to Schurrle's departure."

Cuadrado himself is also adamant he can succeed if given time to adapt. “I just know that it is different to play in Italy than to play in England," he explained.

“It is different to play in Fiorentina than it is to play in Chelsea. A player needs time and I am ready to give him time and the club is ready to give him time. And it looks like he is ready to take this time."

Opinion

Juan Cuadrado had a superb campaign for Fiorentina last time round and looked good at the World Cup too - however Chelsea fans have yet to see that side of him.

In a blue shirt he looked hesitant and unsure, and Mourinho has little time for those who don't settle in straight away and get the job done. There are plenty of players who would love to step into his place in the Chelsea squad so a move away wouldn't be the biggest surprise, although perhaps the January transfer window would be a more realistic target if the Blues do decide to sell up.

Who is the perfect Cuadrado replacement? Griezmann? Icardi? Robben?

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