Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that it may take until next season for recent signing Juan Cuadrado to start showing his best form for the club, Goal.com
The Colombian international winger was brought to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina for £22m in a deal that saw Mohamed Salah move the other way on loan, and he made his first appearance for his new club from the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 victory away to Aston Villa. He could make his first start against Everton on Wednesday evening.
The move arose after his impressive form in Serie A, collecting four goals and four assists this season for Fiorentina, just months after helping his country reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup; Colombia’s best ever performance in the competition’s history.
He comes into a side seven points clear in the race for the title and playing with fluency, but Mourinho believes that it could take time for Cuadrado to settle down and start showing his true capabilities for the Blues. “I know if he will start or not (against Everton), but I won’t say,’ he said.
“It’s normal, step by step, to be integrated. He needs time. I know Italy and I know the difference between Italy and England. His formation, his development, his experience – everything was in Italy. I wasn’t expecting him to come on to the pitch against Aston Villa and destroy them. Stability, time, integration – I think we will see the best Cuadrado next year.”
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