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Antonio Conte has reportedly ordered Chelsea not to sell Juan Cuadrado to Juventus.
The Italian is expected to take over at Stamford Bridge following the European Championships this summer, and he’s reportedly told the Chelsea board to keep hold of the Colombian winger.
Cuadrado has been on a season-long loan at Juve after failing to impress Jose Mourinho during his brief time at the club, but Conte is keen on having him in his first-team plans.
The Colombian arrived at Chelsea from Fiorentina for around £23million, but after just six months, Mourinho had seen enough and shipped him out on loan to Juventus.
He’s since re-found his best form and has helped Juve back to the top of Serie A and Conte is keen on keeping him around rather than selling him.
It was expected that The Old Lady would complete a permanent deal for the winger over the summer, but with Conte arriving, it looks like Cuadrado could have a second chance to impress at Chelsea.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt