Jose Mourinho defends Juan Cuadrado signing

The Chelsea boss is adamant that his January transfer window signing is not a panic buy.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has defended the signing of Juan Cuadrado, according to BT Sport.

The Colombian joined the Blues from Serie A side Fiorentina during the January transfer window in a £23.3 million deal, that could potentially rise to £26.8 million, signing a four-year-deal at the club.

However, the move has been criticised as something of a panic buy in some sections and the Portuguese manager has now moved quickly to refute those claims.

Instead he seemed to back his new signing, although he would not go as far to talk about expectations for the winger, who was highly impressive for his country at the World Cup in Brazil last summer.

"He is not a panic buy,” said Mourinho.

“It's a reaction to (Andre) Schurrle's departure. I don't think it's the best thing for him that I speak about expectations, he needs his time.”

The move for Cuadrado was funded by the sale of Andre Schurrle to German side Wolfsburg, meaning the Blues were not hampered by the Financial Fair Play restrictions.

The German winger had failed to establish himself in the Chelsea first team since his move from Bayer Leverkusen, often featuring more prominently from the bench and in cup competitions.

Mourinho though, has refused to criticise his time at Stamford Bridge and instead said he is happy with what the forward gave his club during his time in London.

"We are happy with what he gave us. We are happy with the profit we did in this transfer window,” he added.

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