Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta wants to keep Juan Cuadrado in Serie A next season, despite reports that future Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants the Colombian back at Stamford Bridge. Marotta also said the appointment of Conte as Chelsea boss would reflect well on the Italian giants, who won three consecutive scudetti under his reign.
Cuadrado moved to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina in January 2015 after garnering a big reputation in the Serie A. However, the Colombian failed to make the impact expected under Jose Mourinho and the Blues opted to send him back to Italy, agreeing a one season loan with Juventus.
The 27-year-old has since rediscovered his best form, and earlier this month expressed his happiness about life at Juventus – although he admitted his future was still uncertain.
"I am very happy at Juventus and [not thinking about Chelsea]," Cuadrado said, Gazzetta dello Sport reported. "My only thought is to finish the season as strongly as possible. As far as what I do in the future, we will have to see what happens at the end of the season."
The Telegraph recently reported that the expected appointment of former Juventus manager Conte will see Cuadrado "back at Cobham for pre-season training".
Marotta, however, has warned that Conte's desires will not change Juventus's aims with Cuadrado, with some reports suggesting the club have an option to make the deal permanent for a set fee.
"The fact Antonio Conte is going to Chelsea just confirms that we made a good choice when we took him from Siena. I am proud of this and for him," Marotta said to Media Set as quoted by TuttoSport.
"But as for Cuadrado? I don't think Conte will influence our decision. We will try to keep him here."