Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado may have only joined in the January transfer window of this year, but the Colombia international has been linked with a move away given the limited role he has played at Stamford Bridge so far.
Cuadrado made only four Premier League starts following his move from Fiorentina and this has led to speculation that he may leave Chelsea after only half a season in west London.
However, the agent of the 27-year-old claims Cuadrado will most likely remain a Chelsea player, even if there has been interest from other clubs, with Barcelona having been reported as potential suitors.
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“Cuadrado is a Chelsea player, strongly backed by Jose Mourinho who believes in him,” Alessandro Lucci told Tuttomercatoweb, as relayed by the Daily Mail.
“Juan is fine in London and is very likely to remain at Chelsea."
“He has interest from other teams but I repeat, Juan is a Chelsea player.”
While it has been reported that Jose Mourinho has tasked Jorge Mendes with finding another club for Cuadrado before the close of the summer transfer window, the Chelsea manager has spoken in support of the player.
Last month, ahead of the Copa America, Mourinho said he had ‘high hopes’ for Cuadrado next season and conceded that the former Udinese attacker had been suffering from a lack of ‘self esteem’.
Cuadrado certainly has the attributes to be an archetypal Mourinho player should he be able to recapture the form that resulted in his move to Chelsea in the first instance.
The Colombian is a tireless and versatile player, able to play at full-back, wing-back, in an advanced wide role and sometimes in the centre. A settled and confident Cuadrado should prove a real asset to Chelsea next season.
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