Juan Cuadrado: 14 things you may not have known know about Chelsea's new signing

A quick low-down on Chelsea's newest signing

Tom Sheen
Tuesday 03 February 2015 15:15 GMT
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Chelsea completed the £26.1million signing Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado on Deadline Day, with Mohamed Salah heading to Fiorentina on loan.

The 26-year-old winger comes with a big reputation; here are a few things you may not know about him:

  • Born on May 26 in the north-eastern town of Neocoli, 500 miles from Colombia's capital, Bogota.
     
  • The name Juan Cuadrado translates to John Square in English.
     
  • Juan Cuadrado's father, Guillermo, was murdered when he was just four-years-old - Juan was ordered to hide under the bed by his mother. Guillermo's murderers were never brought to justice.
     
  • Spent his late teenage years in Colombia's lower leagues before signing for Categoria Primera A side Indipendiente Medellin at 20.

     
  • Signed by Udinese after just one season for a small fee in 2009 but struggled to make an impression, playing just 24 matches in all competitions in two seasons.
     
  • Made his international debut against Venezuela in September 2010. He was named man of the match after scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win.
     
  • Loaned to Lecce in 2011 but could not help the side avoid relegation to Serie B despite a good season individually.
     
  • Completed a loan move from Udinese to Fiorentina in July 2012.
     
  • Helped La Viola to 4th in Serie A in his first season, scoring five goals and adding six assists.
    Cuadrado in action for Fiorentina

     

  • Scored 15 goals with eight assists in all competitions in 2013-14, as Fiorentina again finished 4th. Scored the goal that sent Fiorentina to the Coppa Italia final, but missed the match because of suspension.
     
  • Ended the World Cup tied with Toni Kroos as the joint-top assist leader in Brazil, with four in five matches. Has 37 caps with five goals for Colombia.
     
  • Fiorentina bought full ownership of Cuadrado in June 2014, amid speculation he would move to Manchester United.
    The winger was excellent at the World Cup

     

  • Finished this Serie A season with four goals and four assists in 17 matches for Fiorentina.
     
  • Cuadrado will wear the No 23 shirt for Chelsea this season.

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