Juan Cuadrado will be handed another shot at success in the Premier League as Antonio Conte revealed he is part of his plans at Chelsea this season. Cuadrado's spells in Italy have impressed the new Chelsea boss and he'll be given another chance to prove himself.
The Colombian winger signed for Chelsea, from Fiorentina, in 2015 for a hefty fee and struggled to make the grade at Stamford Bridge. Under Jose Mourinho, Cuadrado failed to impress in his limited opportunities and was subsequently loaned out to Juventus for the 2015-16 season.
As pre-season is now underway for Chelsea, Juan Cuadrado has yet to return to the first-team but his new manager Antonio Conte has revealed that Cuadrado will remain at Chelsea during the 2016-17 campaign. A return to pre-season training may come as soon as next week for the Colombian.
The 28-year old impressed at Juventus and then again this summer, at the Copa America Centenario, for Colombia. A rejuvenated Cuadrado returning to Chelsea may be like a new signing for the Blues and under Conte, who admires the winger a lot, a big turnaround could be on it's way.
Keen to link up with the Colombian
Conte spoke about the Colombian, saying, "I wanted him when I was Juventus coach. He will come back very soon and train and play with us...Now, he's a Chelsea player and he'll stay with us."
Colombia's third-place finish at the Copa America Centenario means Cuadrado's summer holiday is extended and runs into the beginning of the pre-season but like his teammates who featured at Euro 2016 this summer, he'll be back in Chelsea blue soon.
With just 13 Chelsea appearances to his name, one can expect that number to increase under Conte. The winger could slot in perfectly into a 3-5-2 formation if the Italian chooses to run with it.