Antonio Conte, who is tipped to take over Chelsea in summer, has reportedly asked the West London club to keep hold of winger Juan Cuadrado. Cuadrado, who is currently on a loan spell with Serie A champions Juventus, was expected to leave Chelsea in summer with the Turin club interested in signing him on a permanent transfer.
However, according to the Guardian, Conte believes that the Colombian international could prove to be a valuable asset to his team at Stamford Bridge next season and wants to keep him at the club.
The 27-year old signed for the Blues from Fiorentina in January 2015, but failed to score a goal in 13 league appearances for the West London club. He was loaned to Juventus the following summer, and has impressed with his performances in Serie A this season.
He has scored four goals and provided five assists for Old Lady this season. He has also created 34 chances during the current Serie A season.
Earlier reports had suggested that the Blues will allow him to leave on a permanent move to Juventus. However, the arrival of Conte at Stamford Bridge might mean that Cuadrado still has a future at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was recently linked with a move to Real Madrid by media reports. According to a report from London Evening Standard, the Blues have slapped a price tag of £73 million on star goalkeeper to ward off the interests from La Liga giants.
However, latest comments from the Belgian goalkeeper have suggested that his future at Stamford Bridge is far from certain. The Belgian is current on the national duty with the national squad, and he was asked whether he would be prepared to leave the Blues at the end of the season.
“I don’t know,” Courtois responded Belgian broadcaster RTBF. “I still have a contract for three years so we’ll see what Chelsea want too.”
“Until now I’d won a trophy every season,” he said. “I tried to come back as strongly as possible [from the injury]. It’s a pity that we’re out of the FA Cup and the Champions League, but I’m going to try to finish the season well and have a good European Championship with Belgium.
“Then we’ll start a new season with a new manager [at Chelsea] with the hope of doing a lot better than this year.”