Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado says he did “everything” in his power to leave Stamford Bridge for Juventus this summer.
Moving back to Serie A after a summer spent under Antonio Conte at the Blues, the Colombian international looks very unlikely to ever return to England capital.
Chelsea spent over £26.1million on the 28-year-old in January 2015 but offloaded the player onto the Old Lady that summer.
Cuadrado rejoined the Italian champions 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.
Speaking to JTV, relayed by Calciomercato, the pacy winger explained what the move meant to him.
“I have done everything to come back, thank God I’m here,” he said, after appearing as an unused sub in Juve’s 3-1 home win over Sassuolo on Saturday.
“It’s been exciting to see the fans call my name.
“I’m very happy for the support I received.
“It was exciting to hear the roar of the fans and applause from the stands.”
Chelsea are ready to sell Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the January transfer window, according to the reports
The Sunday Express are suggesting that the Blues will be willing to sell the playmaker in the summer, with Serie A clubs AC Milan and Juventus rumoured to be interested in the player.
Rossoneri have new Chinese owners who are willing to dig deep in January for big-name signings and the former Arsenal star is at the top of their wanted list.
With the 29-year-old not appearing to fit in to new head-coach Antonio Conte’s plans at Stamford Bridge, and now it seems as though he is surplus to requirements, with the manager preferring the likes of Oscar, Matic, Mikel and Kante instead of him and being used solely as a substitute.
The £30m signing from Barcelona, Fabregas, played a huge role under Jose Mourinho’s time as manager at Stamford Bridge club and was one of the fans favourites during their title winning campaign of 2014/15.
Chelsea skipper John Terry picked up an ankle injury in draw with Swansea City and now doubtful for Liverpool clash
Antonio Conte is sweating on the fitness of an experianced centre-half ahead of Friday’s Premier League match against Jurgen Klopp’s man at Stamford Bridge, with David Luiz in line to make his Chelsea return if the 35-year-old fails to recover from an ankle injury.
Former England captain received treatment immediately at full-time, and then left the Liberty Stadium on crutches, which is unlikely to be a good sign for Chelsea boss as he prepares for Friday’s clash.
Terry later posted a video on his Instagram page showing him undergoing treatment in order to bring down the swelling on the injury, and is now doubtful to face the Merseysiders at Stamford Bridge.
However, speaking on Terry’s injury, the Conte remained hopeful it wasn’t a serious issue.
“I don’t know the extent of the injury but tomorrow we will see the situation about his ankle,” he said. “But he is a warrior and I am not worried.”
Chelsea central midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed that he came close to leaving the Stamford Bridge this summer, but eventually decided not to depart after holding talks with the club.
The Blues £21m signing, Matic, was subject to interest from a number of clubs this summer, including Manchester United, but chose to remain at England capital.
“I spoke with the club and we both decided that it was best for the club and for me to stay,” Matic said, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I’m very happy because I’m now here with this team and this club. I will give my best and all my quality to help the team to challenge for the title. I want to improve my game and I’m sure Conte is the right coach to do that,” he added.
The Blues surrendered their 100% record start to the season as they controversially drew 2-2 at Swansea City on Sunday, but the Serbian international was full of praise for the Italian after the match at the Liberty Stadium.
“Our mentality now is good. We are focused to be on fighting for the title,” he said.
“I think the coach did a great job and our mentality is a winning mentality.
“That’s why we are sad with this game.
“We should kill the game by the second goal and we concede two goals in the second half.”