Juan Cuadrado will have his time at Chelsea, insists Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho doesn't want to put January signing Juan Cuadrado under added pressure
Jose Mourinho has promised that Juan Cuadrado will have more of an impact at Chelsea next season after a muted start to his Stamford Bridge career.
The Colombia international was the glamour signing of the January transfer window after he completed a £24m move to the Premier League leaders from Fiorentina on deadline day as Mohamed Salah joined the Serie A side on loan.
Cuadrado has made just a handful of appearances for the west London side since his big-money move, whilst Salah has scored an impressive seven goals in just 15 games for the Florence outfit.
When asked about his plans for Cuadrado in the remainder of the season at his pre-match media conference on Friday, Mourinho was keen to avoid putting his January signing under any added pressure.
“It is different to play in Italy than it is in England. It is different to play for Chelsea than it is to play for Fiorentina,” said Mourinho.
“He just needs time. I am ready to give him time. The club is ready to give him time. It looks like he is ready to have this time. I really believe next season, he can have a fantastic season.”
Mourinho added: “Cuadrado will have his time. Time sometimes players don’t get.”
Cuadrado has made six Premier League appearances following his big-money move from Fiorentina earlier this year.
The Colombia forward has racked up just 187 minutes of top-flight action for Jose Mourinho’s side so far.
Chelsea are set to face in-form Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday evening.