Fiorentina boss confirms Cuadrado Chelsea deal ‘is done’

Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella has confirmed the departure of winger Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea.

The deal is set to see Blues misfit Mohamed Salah join the Serie A club on loan for the rest of this season.

Montella said:  “Cuadrado is an ultimate professional. He has always give his best. I’m sad but happy for him. Chelsea a top club.”

“Honestly, it was something that had to be done.

“As a Coach I’m disappointed, but on a pragmatic level the fee is so high that it’s worth it.

“It’s nobody’s fault, we must absolutely not be distracted, and offer excuses, we must be supremely focused.

“We’re getting a player in Salah who will have to adapt to our football, this is a League that’s different from the Swiss and the English.

“Cuadrado can also play in more positions than he can. He’ll serve as an understudy to Joaquin in a 3-5-2, unless we change the formation, but it would be a shame to do that.

“He’s a player who offers guarantees in attack as part of a 4-3-3, or as a second striker. He’s a top player though.

“I hope we can find a place for him in our five-man midfield, but it’s hard to be on the same level as Cuadrado.”

Cuadrado joined the Viola in 2012 from fellow Italians Udinese, and has 20 goals in 85 Serie A games.

Egyptian Salah has not featured much at Stamford Bridge this season, and the change of scenery may be the boost he needs after a rough season so far.

 

Steve Osborne                    @Pack3rNa7ion

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