Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado says he was on the phone "every day" to seal a move away from Chelsea during the summer transfer window. Cuadrado, 27, joined Jose Mourinho's side in January 2015 but played a minor role in the club sealing the 2014-15 Premier League title, starting just four games for the Blues.
Having built his reputation in Italy with Udinese and Fiorentina, the Colombia international had no shortage of Serie A sides ready to take him back when it became clear his days at Stamford Bridge were numbered.
On loan at Juventus until the end of the season, Cuadrado is happy he got his move and has shown little indication that he will even consider a return to West London.
"The idea of coming back to Italy attracted me a lot," Cuadrado told Uefa's official website. "I know the football here, I know the language and the people, and the truth is it feels like my second home. So when I had to decide about whether to take this chance or not, I talked to my agent every day about my return. And now I am very happy to be here at Juventus."
Cuadrado has hit the ground running since his return to Italy, providing three assists and a goal in his 10 appearances for the Bianconeri. Juventus do not have an automatic option to sign the player permanently next summer but the club's general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, recently revealed they were interested in securing his services on a permanent deal – with the player also keen to remain in Turin.
"We have no agreement to [sign him on a permanent basis], it is just a loan [without option to purchase him]," Marotta was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta Dello Sport at the beginning of November. "He's expressed his happiness at being here with us, and his happiness to continue here in future. We'll look at things with Chelsea at the appropriate time, but it's very likely that there will be a good conclusion."