Juan Cuadrado admits to having forced his way out of Chelsea by securing a three-year loan move to Juventus. The Colombia international will play for the Serie A champions until the end of his contract at Stamford Bridge – all but signalling the end of his inauspicious career with the Blues.
Antonio Conte had appeared open to retaining Cuadrado for his first season in West London, but eventually allowed the 28-year-old to return to Italy for the 2016-17 campaign and beyond. He joined the Blues from Fiorentina in February 2015, but was loaned out to Juve six months later after making only a handful of appearances.
Cuadrado now appears unlikely to represent Chelsea ever again, having been loaned out until 2019, despite at one stage being in Conte's plans for the new campaign. However the winger has revealed he forced his way out of the club on deadline day. In his first game following the move back to La Vecchia Signora, Cuardrado was an unused substitute against Sassuolo, but received a warm reception from the home faithful.
"It was exciting to see," Cuadrado, who made 15 Chelsea appearances, told JTV, according to The Evening Standard. "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. As before, I'm looking forward to getting back to business, working hard, improving my game and giving my all for the team."
As Juventus won the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia, Cuardrado played a central role, making 40 appearances and scoring 13 goals. Meanwhile, his parent club Chelsea sacked manager Jose Mourinho – who had previously signed and discarded the wideman – before appointing Conte at the end of a disastrous campaign.
Chelsea have loaned out 38 players for the 2016-17 season, the most of any club on the continent, as they attempt to streamline their squad. Among the exits were members of their successful academy sides which have won four of the last five FA Youth Cups and established first-team players such as Loic Remy and Kenedy.