Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado admits it's been a tough transition from Serie 'A' to Premier League - but he's relishing the opportunity to play under Jose Mourinho.
The Colombian international moved to Stamford Bridge for an undisclosed fee - thought to be in the region of £23million - in the closing stages of the January transfer window, and made his first appearance off the bench in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Mourinho subsequently gave the 26-year-old his first start against Everton in midweek, and the former Fiorentina star showed glimpses of what Blues fans can expect when he finds his feet in west London.
Moving from one league to another in the middle of the season isn't easy though, and Cuadrado has admitted that there are obvious differences between the pace of the game in two different countries.
"The difference is that the Italian game is a little more tactical, whereas here it’s a bit quicker and more end to end. The transition from defence to attack is much faster than in Italy," Cuadrado told the official Chelsea website.
"I feel great to have this opportunity to play for one of the best clubs in the world and for Jose Mourinho, who is a great manager."
Those are words that Mourinho will love to hear, having worked hard in the January transfer market to secure one significant transfer for the Blues.
The Special One has had no problems integrating Cuadrado into the first team squad either, judging by his first appearances, and he's saying all the right things after a fortnight on the King's Road.
'Happy at Chelsea'
"I’m happy to have played my first game at Stamford Bridge, it’s a wonderful stadium. The first two games have been hard but we’re happy with the points," he added.
Cuadrado has every right to be happy - he's joined a club at the top of the Premier League table with every chance of collecting some silverware.
During his five-and-a-half years in Italy, the winger has steadily improved and his ability was there for all to see at the World Cup in Brazil last summer.
Everything points to Chelsea securing a transfer coup, bringing a player with serious ability - and potential - to the club. It's difficult to judge after just a couple of games, but the future could be very bright.
What do you think Chelsea fans? Have you been impressed with Cuadrado's performances so far?
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