Fiorentina confident of keeping hold of in-demand Cuadrado

Vincenzo Montella is confident Juan Cuadrado will stay at Fiorentina, despite the winger being linked with a host of top clubs in Europe.

Having starred for Colombia during the World Cup Finals, the 26-year-old is believed to be a target for Spanish giants Barcelona, whilst Bayern Munich are said to be keen to lure him to Germany and Juventus would love to keep him in Italy. And whilst Manchester United can’t offer UEFA Champions League football, they too are admirers.

Due to such interest it was expected that Cuadrado would leave Fiorentina for pastures new this summer, but with the transfer window about to enter its final days, he remains part of Montella’s plans for the forthcoming Serie A campaign. Furthermore, the Viola head coach is hardly losing sleep over the prospects of a late bid for his star man.

“I have never thought of losing Juan,” Montella told La Nazione of Cuadrado, who scored 15 goals last season and remains under contract until 2017. “He’s been here in the past, he is here now and he will be here in the future. I don’t think about how his (Cuadrado’s) story might finish. A player like him can play in every position in midfield.”

Meanwhile, Fiorentina have added to their squad with the signing of Marko Marin. The German international joined Chelsea on a five-year contract in the summer of 2012, but has been unable to force his way into their first team plans on a regular basis, featuring just 16 times. He spent last term on loan in Spain with Sevilla, and he will now get more first team action under his belt after moving to Florence for the 2014-15 season.

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