Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho: Juan Cuadrado wasn’t panic buy

Jose Mourinho doesn't want to put pressure on Juan Cuadrado

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado wasn’t a panic buy.

The Colombia international penned a four-and-a-half year deal with the west London side after the Premier League leaders agreed a £23.3m deal with Fiorentina.

It is a player that we’ve known for a long, long time. I managed in his league for two season. We are happy with our business

Jose Mourinho

Cuadrado, who was one of the standout players at last year’s World Cup, could make his Blues debut against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

But speaking at his pre-match media conference on Friday, Mourinho insisted Cuadrado was under no immediate pressure to perform despite his sizeable transfer fee.

“I don’t think it is the best thing for him that I speak about expectations. He needs his time, like everyone, and he’ll have his time,” Mourinho said.

Cuadrado was able to complete his move to Chelsea on Monday after Andre Schurrle sealed a £22.5m move to Wolfsburg earlier on transfer deadline day.

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Mourinho, whose side are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, was keen to point out that Cuadrado was a measured purchase.

Mourinho added: “It is not a panic buy. It is a reaction to Schurrle’s departure.

“It is a player that we’ve known for a long, long time. I managed in his league for two season. We are happy with our business.

“Schurrle is a player we like very much. Our business is good, and we’re very happy with it.”

Cuadrado scored four goals and made four assists in 17 Serie A games before joining Chelsea in the January transfer window.

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