Juan Cuadrado: Jose Mourinho says £26.1m deadline-day signing was not a panic buy - he was a 'reaction' to Andre Schurrle's departure

Schurrle joined Wolfsburg on deadline day

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists new signing Juan Cuadrado is "not a panic buy".

"I don't think it's the best thing for him that I speak about expectations," Mourinho said at today's press conference.

"He needs his time.

"He is not a panic buy. It's a reaction to (Andre) Schurrle's departure."

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Schurrle signed for Wolfsburg for £23m on deadline day

On Schurrle, Mourinho said: "We are happy with what he gave us. We are happy with the profit we did in this transfer window."

When asked about team news, Mourinho did not mention Diego Costa by name.

"Filipe (Luis) is injured and the player who is suspended is suspended," he said.

 

Costa was banned for three games for stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can in Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg last month.

Mourinho has not spoken to the media since the post-match press conference following that match on January 27. The following day he was also fined £25,000 by the FA over his claims that there was a "campaign" against his club.

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