Arsenal target's dreams lie in Italy, but he warns against promises...

Fiorentina fans

Juan Cuadrado says his aspirations lie with Fiorentina, even if he isn’t the sole determinant of his future.

The Colombian has starred for Fiorentina since first arriving on loan ahead of the 2013-13 campaign, seeing 50% of his rights bought from Udinese by his current employers last summer.

Suitors continue to circle around the 25-year-old as his co-ownership status continues to cloud what’s to come, the Viola known to be keen to become sole proprietor but reportedly facing a fight to ward off immediate big money offers.

Barcelona were only just linked with a swoop for Cuadrado last week whilst Arsenal have been constantly paired with his name since autumn - believed to have contacted his agent in January.

The winger has been left in a difficult situation by the speculation surrounding his future but continues to perform ahead of the World Cup - at which he’ll undoubtedly find himself under the microscope.

Yet Cuadrado insists he has no interest in the talk surrounding him - noting that he loves life in Italy and harbours great ambitions of making history with Fiorentina.

“I reject all the gossip, I think about the present and my mind is here,” he told Guerin Sportivo.

“I live here with my family and like me they too love Italy; I’m accustomed to the language and already think in it.

“Players can never make promises, but I’m happy in Florence.

“I dream of the Scudetto and nothing is impossible, I would go crazy with joy if I won a title in this city.”

Cuadrado clearly doesn’t seem a man with his eye on the door - if anything, his resolve to continue on with Fiorentina appears strong as can be.

Quite rightly, however, he briefly points out that it’s impossible for players in the modern era to commit their futures with unwavering conviction.

Other factors at play - namely transfer fees representing massive cash windfalls - can grease the skids for a player that isn’t necessarily inclined to leave his current environs.

Fiorentina will by all indications make a concerted effort to secure 100% of Cuadrado’s rights come summer but could still have external pressure to stand up to even immediately after buying out Udinese's share.

The Colombian wants to stay and of course the Viola wish to retain their star performer, even if it’s nearly certain that powers elsewhere - Arsenal or otherwise - will look to make a play to realign the 25-year-old’s dreams.

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