Cuadrado aiming to seize Premier League chance at Chelsea

Juan Cuadrado is hoping to grasp his big opportunity in the Premier League.

New Chelsea star Juan Cuadrado knows his move to the Premier League side is a big opportunity for him, according to an interview with the club’s official website.

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

That move was financed by the sale of Andre Schurrle to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, with the German failing to make the Jose Mourinho grade at Stamford Bridge.

Now, Cuadrado has said he is hoping to reproduce the kind of form which saw him become a star in Italy, hopefully starting with a Premier League debut against Aston Villa during the weekend.

“I am very happy to be part of this team,” said the new Chelsea man.

“I’m very grateful to have been given this possibility to live what has been a childhood dream for me, which is to play for a very big club – in fact, one of the best clubs in the world.”

The new signing was impressed by the reception he received from his new team-mates when he turned up for his first training session, saying it highlights the togetherness and union within the team.

He is also keen to get going at Chelsea, relishing the opportunity to play with a side full of what he regards as champions.

“I’m now training and I was made to feel really welcome when I arrived,” he added.

“To be on the same team as all these big players is amazing for me, not only from a football point of view and how I can grow as a player, but also personally, to be surrounded by so many champions. It’s always going to make you want to grow and improve even more.”

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