Chelsea manager , Thomas Tuchel, said he was happy his team got the signature of Saul Niguez . For Tuchel, Saul is a player who fits the style of play for the Blues.
The Spanish midfielder is often rumored to be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer. A number of top European clubs are interested in getting Saul Niguez’s signature .
But in the end, it was Chelsea who managed to woo Saul from Atletico. Even so, the purchase of Saul invites question marks.
The reason is, the London Blue Team already has enough midfielders, and Saul Niguez will probably fill the bench. Now, Thomas Tuchel explains the reason behind the purchase of Saul.
“So we looked for alternatives, but in no hurry, and the name Saul was on Chelsea’s radar for many years. I’ve also known him for many years,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website.
“At other clubs I have struggled to get Saul Niguez , but to no avail. So, when the situation yesterday allowed Chelsea to borrow him, we were very excited,” he continued.
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The Right Player
Despite being impressed by an impromptu purchase, Thomas Tuchel insists Saul Niguez is the perfect fit for Chelsea . He is a versatile midfielder who can replace and partner with anyone in the Blues midfield.
He fits perfectly with Mateo, Jorgi and N’Golo,” said Tuchel.
“He’s a strategically intelligent player, has good passing skills, can work hard and comes from a top club. I think he fits perfectly and that’s why I’m very happy.”
Chelsea squad quality
The arrival of Saul certainly polish the Chelsea squad even stronger. Tuchel knows his team is not filled with many players, but their quality is guaranteed.
now a part of that,” said Tuchel.
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Before joining Chelsea , Saul Niguez was almost a Manchester City player. If it weren’t for the disagreements between City and Atletico Madrid, the midfielder should have landed at the Etihad Stadium.
Since the transfer market opened, Saul has been rumored to be leaving Atletico Madrid . This is because the midfielder is no longer in the same vision as the manager, Diego Simeone.
There are several clubs that have been linked with Saul. But the midfielder finally anchored to Chelsea on the deadline day of the transfer market.
Reported by the Daily Star , there is a club that actually almost got Saul. They are Manchester City.
According to the report, Pep Guardiola is very interested in seeing Saul’s prospects in the transfer market.
Pep has long admired the game of Saul Niguez . He felt that the Spanish national team player suited his playing style so he asked Txiki Begiristain to open talks with Atletico Madrid regarding the player’s transfer.
Rejected at the Last Seconds
After the negotiation process was running, the two parties failed to reach an agreement. This is because Atletico proposed a trade-in with City.
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They offered Saul plus some money for the transfer of Bernardo Silva. City rejected the offer because they wanted cash from Silva’s transfer, so Saul was canceled.
Saul’s transfer to Chelsea occurred in the closing seconds of the summer transfer window. Even at first Chelsea reportedly doubted they could secure the services of the midfielder this summer.
Saul Niguez admits that if it weren’t for Kepa Arrizabalaga, he wouldn’t want to move to Chelsea.
“It’s very important that he is there. This is an important step. If he had not been there, it would have been different.”
“Going on loan for a year and having a partner with whom I have spent many years with the national team is something important.”