Chelsea got Saul Niguez ahead of the close of the 2021 summer transfer market. The midfielder was signed by Chelsea from Atletico Madrid.
Saul came to Chelsea on loan until the end of the season. However, the Blues have the option to make the player permanent.
The arrival of Saul will enrich Chelsea’s midfield options. He will compete with other Blues midfielders such as Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.
The arrival of Saul also adds to the long list of Spanish players at Chelsea. Then, who are the Matador players who have also costumed the Blues.
Here are 13 Spanish players who played for Chelsea before Saul Niguez.
Albert Ferer joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 1998. He became the first Spanish player to grace the Blues squad.
Ferer played 113 times in five seasons at Stamford Bridge. He managed to help Chelsea win the FA Cup, Community Shield and European Super Cup.
After his contract with Espanyol ended, Quique de Lucas moved to the Premier League by joining Chelsea. De Lucas’ transfer took place in the summer of 2002.
De Lucas played for Chelsea for a season with a record 31 appearances in all competitions. He returned to Spain the following season by joining Alaves.
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Asier del Horno
Asier del Horno Chelsea recruited from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2005. The Blues spent a million euros to bring the player to the Premier League.
He made 34 appearances in his only season at Stamford Bridge. The Spanish left-back won the Premier League before leaving for Valencia.
Chelsea made a surprise in the January 2011 transfer market. They brought Fernando Torres from Liverpool at a cost of 58.5 million euros.
Torres has never appeared as sharp as when he played at Anfield. However, he managed to help the Blues win the 2012 Champions League and Europa League a year later.
Juan Mata |
Transferred from Valencia in 2011, Juan Mata managed to achieve success with Chelsea. He managed to help the Blues win the FA Cup and Champions League and Europa League.
However, the arrival of Jose Mourinho saw the player sold to Manchester United in January 2014.
Oriol Romeu was recruited by Chelsea from Barcelona in 2011. However, the Spanish midfielder struggled to compete and had to undergo two loan spells with Valencia and Stuttgart.
In 2015, Romeu decided to leave Chelsea and join Southampton. Overall, Romeu made 33 appearances and scored one goal for the Blues.
Cesar Azpilicueta was signed by Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 201. The Spaniard then became a regular at Stamford Bridge.
Azpilicueta has played 433 games and scored 14 goals for Chelsea. The 32-year-old also has a collection of nine titles with the Blues.
The decision had angered Arsenal fans.
Fabregas won two Premier League titles after coming to Chelsea. He made 198 appearances for the Blues before leaving for AS Monaco.
Diego Costa was signed by Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014. The Brazilian-born player then performed well with the Blues.
Costa played 120 times and scored 58 goals during his three-and-a-half seasons at Chelsea. He also successfully won two Premier League titles and a League Cup trophy.
After achieving great success with Barcelona, Pedro decided to look for a new challenge in the Premier League. The Spanish winger joined Chelsea in the summer of 2015.
Pedro spent five seasons at Stamford Bridge. He scored 43 goals in 206 appearances in all competitions before moving to AS Roma this summer.
Marcos Alonso joined Chelsea from Fiorentina on 31 August 2016. As a defender, Alonso turned out to be quite productive in terms of scoring goals.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, the Spanish left-back has scored 25 goals in 170 appearances. His contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2023.
Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017. At that time, the Spanish striker was recruited for a fee of 66 million euros.
Even though he was bought at a high price, Morata actually only lasted as long as he was at Stamford Bridge. He scored 24 goals in 72 games before returning to Spain with Atletico Madrid.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was brought by Chelsea from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao in the 2018 season. With a transfer fee of 80 million euros, Kepa became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.
While wearing the Chelsea shirt, Kepa won the Champions League, Europa League and European Super Cup. He has made 110 appearances for the Blues in various competitions.
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