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Arsenal target Cuadrado explains 'secret' to success

Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado, a rising star of Serie A reportedly on Arsenal's shopping list, has explained why he feels he is playing so well.

It has been a breakthrough season for Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado and he has revealed that he is playing with a smile on his face.

The 25-year-old joined Fiorentina from Udinese and has won plaudits for his work-rate, creativity and also his versatility, being employed either as a wing-back or a winger.

Cuadrado is expected to make the trip to Brazil next summer with the Colombian squad and this could be the perfect time for a club to snatch him before his value rockets.

Arsenal are said to be investigating his availability but Fiorentina are keen to keep hold of Cuadrado, who, it seems, is very happy with life at present.

"The secret to my success? My strength is playing to enjoy myself," Cuadrado told Rai.

"I'm always smiling when I'm playing or in training and everything comes to me naturally. I thank my mother for that."

Cuadrado does a lot of charity work in his native Colombia, working primarily with disadvantaged children.

"I'm happy with the foundation in my name that we have created in my country," he said.

"It's great to help children and I want to continue to do so. I'm proud to be an idol to them. I've also created a clothing line in Colombia to create some jobs."

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