Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Chelsea loanee Juan Cuadrado would like to remain at the Serie A side next season. The club chief, meanwhile, claimed that even though they didn't include a clause to secure his services on permanent basis as part of the loan agreement with Chelsea, the deal is likely to have a good conclusion.
Cuadrado moved to West London during the last January transfer window after Chelsea paid Fiorentina £23.3m ($35.7m) in a deal that also saw Mohamed Salah move in the opposite direction on loan. The Colombian international was expected to fill the gap left by the departure of André Schürrle but he eventually struggled to make the impact expected and only started four games at Chelsea.
José Mourinho therefore opted to send him on loan to Juventus during the summer, while covering his place on the right flank of his attack with the arrival of Pedro from Barcelona. The Colombian international has since seized the loan to replicate his best days in the Serie A whilst playing for Fiorentina, becoming a crucial player for Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.
The Telegraph recently reported that the Serie A side are so happy with the versatile 27-year-old winger that they are preparing a £16m offer to take the midfielder to Turin on a permanent basis once the transfer window reopens in January. The report added that the Blues were also open to cash-in with the player to fund other signings.
Marotta has now confirmed that the intentions of the Italian giants is to secure his services on a permanent basis, while claiming that Cuadrado himself is also happy to remain at the club once his loan agreement expires.
"We have no agreement to [sign him on a permanent basis], it is just a loan [without option to purchase him]," he said as quoted by La Gazzetta Dello Sport "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."