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‘Happy’ Juan Cuadrado has no plans to leave Juventus

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A “happy” Juan Cuadrado insists he’s got no plans on leaving Juventus anytime soon despite the growing competition for a starting spot.

Cuadrado has been starring down the Juventus flanks since 2015 after joining from Premier League side Chelsea on an initial loan deal before it was made permanent two years later.

The Colombian winger has since clocked up 137 appearances in a Bianconeri jersey and won four Serie A titles in the process.

But Cuadrado suffered a difficult time last season after featuring just 18 times in the league. His lack of playing time came mostly down to a long-term knee injury, which left him sidelined between December and April.

Cuadrado did, though, return for Juventus’ final seven games of last season to help them win an eighth successive Serie A crown.

Although the Italian club’s failure to win the Champions League has prompted the board to spend big on seven new players this summer. So far, A total of €151m has been spent in the past two months.

Therefore, competition for places in the Juventus line-up in the new season will likely be more intense than ever.

And Cuadrado, who will be 32 and out of contract next year, could take up an alleged offer to join Chinese giants Shanghai Shenhua.

However, the former Fiorentina star has now ruled out a Turin exit altogether.

“I feel happy at Juve, my family is happy and our thoughts are to stay in Turin,” Cuadrado told Il Mattino.

“It is a fantastic city that made us feel welcome.”

Meanwhile, Cuadrado could be joined in Italy this summer by his Colombia team-mate James Rodriguez.

The Real Madrid outcast is seemingly closing in on a move to Juventus’ main title rivals Napoli after ending a two-year loan stint at Bayern Munich.

“For James, Italy would be fantastic, every team would be very happy to have a player like him,” said Cuadrado.

“We all know the great player he is, it would be a very good move for him because it would allow him to grow tactically.”

Atletico Madrid are also reportedly in the mix for James this summer.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 28: Juan Cuadrado of Colombia controls the ball during the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Colombia and Chile at Arena Corinthians on June 28, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)