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Cuadrado hopeful of winning ‘many trophies’ with Pirlo at Juventus

Juan Cuadrado, Juventus
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Juan Cuadrado hopes Andrea Pirlo’s knowledge of the game and past achievements will put him in good stead as the Juventus manager.

Juventus moved swiftly after a disappointing Champions League last-16 defeat to Lyon earlier this month by replacing head coach Maurizio Sarri with Pirlo on a two-year deal.

The move was a surprise considering the Italian’s lack of experience and the fact he had just become manager of the U-23 team. However, he hasn’t shied away from duty and is already making big calls.

The biggest one yet is Gonzalo Higuain, who has been axed from the Pirlo’s plans for the upcoming season and now must search for a new club.

And while Cuadrado hasn’t discussed his future in the new coach’s system, the Colombian is hopeful of a bright future in Turin.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to him yet,” Cuadrado told Nexo ESPN. “When it is my turn, I will surely tell him where I feel much more comfortable [playing].

“Hopefully for his knowledge of the game and for what a great player he was, he can contribute to the team and that we can win many trophies together.”

The former Chelsea player spent the bulk of last season as a right-back instead of his usual role as a winger.

Cuadrado also opened up on the possibility of Lionel Messi arriving in Turin this summer to team up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.