Newcastle hero heaps praise on Colombia’s other £40m World Cup star

While James Rodriguez has dominated the headlines, Colombia and Newcastle United legend Faustino Asprilla has been similarly impressed by Juan Cuadrado.

Colombia may have booked their place in the last eight of the World Cup courtesy of two goals from 22-year-old sensation James Rodriguez but the Monaco man isn’t the only Los Cafeteros player getting singled out for praise.

A two-goal haul against Uruguay saw the former Porto man emerge as the new top scorer in Brazil, though James should reserve some special thanks for teammate Juan Cuadrado, who set up the former Porto man’s second with a perfectly cushioned header across the box.

Signed up by current club Fiorentina, having previously been co-owned by the Florence club and Serie A rivals Udinese, Cuadrado has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer.

Bayern Munich are among those believed to be keen on the 26-year-old, while Manchester United are also thought to be weighing up a bid.

And one man full of praise for Cuadrado and who would no doubt relish the prospect of the player linking up with Newcastle United is Faustino Asprilla, however remote a possibility that may be.

Speaking over the weekend to Sky Sports Italia in an interview translated by Football Italia that focused on Los Cafeteros at this World Cup, the former Parma hitman was complimentary – in his own Asprilla-like way.

“Which of the current crop is similar to me? No, that’s impossible – there’s nobody like me!,” he responded when asked about comparisons between the team of 2014 and the famous side of 1994.

“I am very impressed with Cuadrado, as he’s doing very well and we are very satisfied with his performances.”

Asprilla and co will continue to be impressed should Colombia get past Brazil and a bid from Bayern Munich may yet be in the works.

Just don’t expect to see Cuadrado at Newcastle any time soon!

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