Jose Mourinho insists the deadline day purchase Juan Cuadrado was not a panic buy and has hinted he could hand the Colombian his Chelsea debut at Aston Villa.
Mourinho spent big to bring the World Cup winger to Stamford Bridge on Monday after allowing Andre Schurrle to return to his native Germany with Wolfsburg.
But despite leaving it late to do his transfer business, Mourinho says Cuadrado has been a long-term target for the west Londoners.
Mourinho explained: “I'm going to repeat the words I said three weeks ago, so many now people can understand.
“I said: 'He fits into the Fiorentina and Colombia teams'. At this moment, he fits in Colombia and Chelsea teams.”
“He trained just two days. I cannot say much.
"The business went almost to the last minute on Monday, he had to go to Paris for visas and the legal situation on the Tuesday. He only trained here a couple of days.
"I don't think it's the best thing for him that I speak about expectations .He needs his time. He is not a panic buy. It's a reaction to Schurrle's departure."
Schurrle this week revealed he never wanted to leave Chelsea but his decision was made over the last few games as he found himself increasingly out of the side.
Mourinho, who should be able to call upon Cesc Fabregas at Villa Park, was sorry to see the German leave the club but has no regrets over his handling of Schurrle.
He added: "We are happy with what he gave us.
“We are happy with the investment we made in him one-and-a-half years years ago and we are happy with the profit we did in this transfer window.
"Hopefully, we made him a better player and hopefully he can have success in the future because we like him very much."
While Fabregas should return to the squad for Villa, Filipe Luis has been ruled out through injury and Diego Costa is still suspended.
View a gallery of Andre Schurrle's Chelsea and Germany highlights below.