Moving back to Juventus after a summer spent under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Juan Cuadrado looks very unlikely to ever return to Stamford Bridge.
The Colombia international rejoined the Serie A side on a three-year loan, with Juventus paying £4m a season, and will then need to pay an extra £8.4m towards the end to make everything permanent.
Never really adapting to Premier League football, the former Fiorentina star will now be delighted to be able to continue his career in Italy; a move the player pushed for throughout the summer.
Speaking to JTV, relayed by Calciomercato, the 28-year-old explained what the move meant to him.
He said: “It’s exciting. To see the stands and the noise the fans make, I’m excited by the public’s support. I did everything to come back, and thanks to God I’m here. I’m very happy.”
Chelsea fans might not be thrilled at the prospect of one of their contracted players ‘doing everything’ to leave their club, but it must be said Cuadrado never really seemed happy in London.
There were rumours Antonio Conte would make him a vital part of his team this season, being a big fan of his and all that, but, in the end, if a player really doesn’t want to be there, you cannot run the risk of having an under-performing protagonist on the pitch week in, week out.