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Juventus director Marotta reiterates Juan Cuadrado plans

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Chelsea attacking midfielder Juan Cuadrado started out pretty well in his loan spell at Juventus this season, but he hasn't had the same luck recently and has regularly found himself just on the bench.  He did make his first start in six matches last night as Juve beat Inter in the Coppa Italia.

Despite his fading form, the defending Champions of Italy still see Cuadrado as a transfer priority and according to general director Giuseppe Marotta, will continue to negotiate with Chelsea about the player's future, albeit at lower prices than initially rumored back at the start of the season.

"He is on loan but for the squad and his tactical flexibility we really need him. He plays in a different way compared to all our other midfielders. Cuadrado could help us a lot and we are happy about his performances. We will try to hold on to him for the next campaign."

-Giuseppe Marotta; Source: RAI Italia via ESPN FC

The last report on this matter claimed that Juventus wanted to pay €15 million to keep Cuadrado, and it would appear that the situation hasn't really changed much.  Whenever it does happen, Chelsea will book the loss on this silly exercise, but that's still a much better option than keeping Cuadrado on our books and on loan deals for the remainder of his Chelsea "career".

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