Juan Cuadrado insists he is happy at Chelsea

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Juan Cuadrado insists he is happy at Chelsea despite a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge.

The Colombia international has only made two Premier League starts for the Blues since completing his £23.3 million move from Fiorentina in February, but Cuadrado accepts he needs to remain patient.

On the rare occasions Cuadrado has been deployed by Jose Mourinho, the 26-year-old has flattered to deceive, leading some Chelsea fans to question whether he was even needed in the first place. But Cuadrado believes all will be fine in time.

Cuadrado: I am happy at Chelsea

"I am happy,” he was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “I am adapting to the city, the game and the new teammates.

“After a change a player needs to be patient. I have just started. I need to work hard and when the chance arrives be ready for it.”

Cuadrado praises Mourinho

Cuadrado also reserved special praise for Mourinho, describing him as a ‘father figure’ for the Chelsea players.

"Mourinho has made a good impact me,” the former Udinese star added. “He is an excellent person. With the media, during the interviews, he is a different person but with the players is like a father.

"Yes (he has asked me to defend more). He told me that besides attacking I need to mark the rivals but I am used to it. In Italy, [Fiorentina manager] Vincenzo Montella also told me that I had to defend, not just attack."

Cuadrado finding life tough at Chelsea

Cuadrado has made a total of six appearances for Chelsea, but must have presumed he would have more minutes under his belt by now.

The South American faces the difficult challenge of ousting the talented Willian from Chelsea’s starting line-up, while Ramires has also been used ahead of Chelsea’s star winter signing in recent weeks.

As he demonstrated at the World Cup finals in Brazil last summer, Cuadrado is blessed with a superb engine and rapid pace, making him an extremely dangerous weapon the counter-attack.

He also possesses an eye for goal, scoring 15 times for Fiorentina last season from the right flank.

Cuadrado at risk of flopping

But in Willian, Chelsea already had a very similar player in their ranks - so was the signing of Cuadrado necessary?

This is a player who should be playing week-in, week-out at a top European club - not warming the bench at Stamford Bridge.

However it’s possible that Mourinho is using these first six months as a bedding-in period for the Colombian, who is still finding his feet in English football.

Then again, Cuadrado could join the likes of Ander Schurrle, Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah, talented wingers who were never given a fair crack of the whip by Mourinho at the Bridge.

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