Conte to give Cuadrado another Chelsea chance

Date published: Friday 17th June 2016 9:14

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is set to give winger Juan Cuadrado a clean slate at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Colombia international spent last season on loan with Juventus and scored four times in 28 appearances in Serie A. And the Turin-based club are believed to be worried they will not get to bring Cuadrado back to Italy.

Conte is understood to be a big admirer of the 28-year-old and his preference to play 3-5-2, like he does with Italy, suits Cuadrado, who was effective in that system last season.

Cuadrado is in the USA for the Copa America Centario and is set to make a decision on his future after the tournament.

The winger made just 15 appearances for Chelsea after signing for £26million from Fiorentina in January 2015.

Juve director, Beppe Marotta, previously spoke about how Juve would like to keep Cuadrado but admitted they would understand if Conte wanted him at Chelsea.

“We have not held talks with Chelsea yet over Cuadrado, but it will be a complicated deal as well, just like with Morata,” the Juventus chief said in April.

“Juan has been important to us, but he is only on loan. Chelsea are well stocked in his position, though, so we will try to make a deal.”

In October Juve were hoping to strike a deal with Chelsea to make Cuadrado’s season-long loan into a permanent £14million deal.

Juventus have also shown an interest in Oscar, according to reports.

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