Chelsea News: Saul Niguez explains ‘pity’ of transfer after Atletico Madrid exit | Football | sport
Saul Niguez was left puzzled by Atletico Madrid’s decision to loan him to Chelsea on the last day of the summer transfer window. The Spaniard will spend the remainder of the campaign at Stamford Bridge despite playing a key role in Atletico’s march to the La Liga title last season.
Chelsea landed the 26-year-old on an initial loan deal but will retain the option to buy for around £ 30million next summer.
Thomas Tuchel was keen to bring in a new midfielder to cover N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic this season.
The 47-year-old’s prayers were answered at the eleventh hour with the last-minute addition of Saul, who has already trained with his new teammates at Cobham.
It will offer full experience and capabilities in the middle of the park as Chelsea set out in search of a new challenge for the Premier League title in the weeks and months to come.
However, it seems Saul has a lot of regrets about how his exit from Atletico came about.
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He aimed at a thinly veiled search of the club’s hierarchy, questioning their preference for a first loan before claiming he was denied a formal expulsion.
“A player by my name and going out on loan is a bet,” Saul said IbaiLlanos on Twitch. “It doesn’t make sense, honestly.
“It’s an investment for me. It’s a gamble to become me again. The past three seasons have not been easy for me and my family.
“What’s a shame is that I couldn’t say goodbye to the red and white fans, explaining my version of how I feel and what I feel.”
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Although Saul was upset by the circumstances surrounding his move to Chelsea, he recently stressed that he is delighted to join the Blues and has underlined his desire to win the Premier League title this season.
“When a team wins the Champions League you already know how strong they are,” the playmaker said. Chelsea Official Site.
“But when you face them, you realize how hard they work. They understand each other perfectly, you can see it by their results.
“I joined the team to help, to try to improve the team and to win titles. I think the Premier League will be really good this year.
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“But I want to try to win, and I think I’m on the best team to do it.”
Saul became Chelsea’s third and final addition to the summer transfer window after finalizing his temporary move to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The European Champions have also signed free agent goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and striker Romelu Lukaku, who have joined the club for a record £ 97.5million.
The Belgian striker immediately caused a stir upon his return to Chelsea, scoring within 20 minutes of his second debut to send the Blues on their way to victory against Arsenal last month.