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Juan Cuadrado scores header for Juventus against Fiorentina

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Chelsea splashed out a cool £23.3 million for Juan Cuadrado midway through last season, but the Colombian played 15 matches for the Blues before he was offloaded to Juventus on a season-long loan deal seven months later.

Quite why Jose Mourinho signed Cuadrado in the first place is hard to work out. The South American never got a fair crack of the whip at Stamford Bridge - he played 311 minutes in the Premier League last season - for some inexplicable reason and played just 26 minutes against Manchester City earlier this term before Mourinho effectively gave up on the player.

The Portuguese coach told reporters towards the end of last season that Cuadrado needed time to adapt to life in England, but instead he’s in Turin rediscovering his form and confidence with last season’s beaten Champions League finalists.

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Nevertheless, Cuadrado seems quite content with Juventus and managed to score his second goal of the season against his former employers, Fiorentina, on Sunday night.

The 27-year-old, playing as a right-sided wing-back for the Old Lady, produced a fine header from a Patrice Evra cross to put Juve back on level terms following Josip Iličić’s early opener. Max Allegri’s side went on to win the match 3-1, lifting themselves up to fourth position in the Serie A table.

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Cuadrado could still have a future at Chelsea

Given Chelsea’s struggles this season, perhaps it would have been more beneficial for Mourinho had he kept Cuadrado.

The Colombian is an excellent attacking player who offers so much, but Chelsea supporters have yet to witness even small glimpses of his quality.

Chelsea fans: does Juan Cuadrado still have a future at Stamford Bridge? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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