The Colombian international will join Chelsea in the ongoing transfer window after Serie A outfit’s manager Vincenzo Montella revealed the versatile player will leave the Italian outfit for the west London club.
Cuadrado was impressive for his national side during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and has long been linked with a move to England, with Manchester United chasing the South American since last summer.
However, it looks like Chelsea will secure Cuadrado’s services and the former Southampton manager believes the Colombian has all the attributes to succeed in England.
“He is a top player. He is a decisive player. He is very strong. I’ve watched him a lot playing for Colombia, his national team,” Pochettino said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“(Jose) Pekerman and Nestor Lorenzo, the manager and assistant manager for Colombia, are my friends. I speak always about Cuadrado. He is a top player.”
Pochettino says it is difficult to be absolutely sure how a player will adapt to a new league but feels Cuadrado’s quality will shine through in his new home.
“You never know but he has all the attributes to be successful here. He is a very good player. He’s a wing-back. He can play like a winger and like a full-back. He is strong, he is powerful and he is very technical,” Spurs manager concluded.
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