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Jose Mourinho explains silence, says Juan Cuadrado was not a panic buy

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho finally broke his silence on Friday to address the media ahead of the away game against Aston Villa.

The Portuguese opted not to face the press for ten days following Diego Costa's three-match suspension but addressed the media at the Cobham Training Centre on Friday afternoon.

And when asked to explain his decision not to face the media, Mourinho was eager to explain.

"Because if you want, you can make a silence very noisy," the 52-year-old told reporters during his press conference.

"You could make noise with my silence. If I was a journalist I could make from silence lots of words."

The signing of 26-year-old Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina stole the headlines at the start of the week but Mourinho says the Colombian needs time to settle down at his new club.

"I don't think it's the best thing for him that I speak about expectations.

"He needs time, like everyone. It's not a panic buy, it's a reaction to Schurrle's departure. He's a player we've known about for a long time. We are happy with our business.

"He fits into the Colombia national team and also Chelsea Football Club. He's trained two days, he had the business situation until the last minute on Monday, on Tuesday he had to go to Paris for a visa, so he's only trained twice."

The Colombian will replace Andre Schurrle in Mourinho's formation and the Portuguese was full of praise for the Germany international.

"Schurrle is a player we liked very much but the business was very good," the Chelsea manager added.

"We are happy with what he gave us. We are happy with the investment we made on him and the profit in this window.

"Hopefully we made him a better player and hopefully he will have success in the future because we like him very much."

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