Chelsea ace Juan Cuadrado was mobbed as he arrived in Italy on Tuesday to complete his move to Juventus.
The Colombian international was a huge success in Serie A with Fiorentina before his switch to Stamford Bridge last summer.
While his displays in the Premier League were undoubtedly below his high standards, the excitement around his arrival in Turin has been evident.
“I didn’t expect to receive such a warm welcome from the fans in Italy but they have always welcomed me with open arms and that makes me very happy,” Cuadrado told reporters.
“The fans’ support will give me further motivation to do well.”
Given his £23.3m transfer fee, the 27-year-old was an expensive gamble from the Premier League champions that failed to pay off.
Nevertheless, he will now hope to rediscover his best form which ultimately earned him his opportunity in England and help Juventus secure a fifth consecutive Serie A title.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly be disappointed with the Colombian’s inability to shine in London, but the Portuguese tactician has sanctioned the move after signing Pedro from Barcelona last week.