London calls for Saul: Chelsea’s new loan signing jets to work with Thomas Tuchel while teammates are away on international duty, after arguing over his Atletico Madrid position
- Saul Niguez, Chelsea’s contract extension, has left for London
- Atletico Madrid midfielder completed temporary move to the Blues on Tuesday
- Saul gets to work with his new teammates during the international break
Chelsea’s contract extension Saul Niguez has left for London to join his club following the move from Atlético Madrid.
The midfielder made a temporary move to the Blues on Tuesday, just three minutes before the transfer window closed.
And he posted two photos on social media on Wednesday of his departure to his new environment in England. The caption on Twitter read: ‘Goodbye!!! @Chelsea FC’.
Midfielder Saul Niguez posted pictures of himself on his way to London after Chelsea loan deal
The Atletico Madrid man completed a temporary move to the Blues on the day of the transfer deadline
Saul had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, but Chelsea left it late to finalize the deal on the final day of the transfer window.
The Spaniard has scored 53 goals in 447 first-team appearances for Atlético Madrid in almost a decade.
Saul twice won the Europa League, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup and last season the league title at the Wanda Metropolitano. He missed just five LaLiga games in the 2020-21 title-winning campaign.
However, the 26-year-old revealed that a clash with Atletico boss Diego Simeone forced him to leave the club following his move to the Premier League.
Within moments of the deal being confirmed, he appeared on Twitch with prominent Spanish streamer Ibai Llanos.
Llanos, who has a close relationship with many top footballers, including Lionel Messi, spoke to Saul about moving to England, leaving his family behind, without the language and influence of Spaniards in Chelsea’s dressing room.
Saul went on Twitch with streamer Ibai Llanos after taking out a loan from Chelsea
“I spoke to (Diego) Simeone,” he explained. “I’ve been playing in different positions for three seasons.
“I owe everything to Diego and he has to be selfish and think about the group.
“I saw myself stuck in a position that wasn’t mine. Chelsea’s option was to get out of the comfort zone, a challenge.
“Chelsea promised me to train in my position – to play we’ll see.”
Saul had long wanted to play further up front at Atletico, closer to that of a number 10, rather than a defensive midfield role Simeone preferred.
Saul revealed a clash with Atletico boss Diego Simeone (left) forced him out of the club
Discussions in the training about employment in ‘my position’ proved fruitless and it was advised that he would be better off going elsewhere.
“I have asked Simeone and Miguel Angel (Gil, the CEO) to train in my position,” he added.
“I understand he refused and from there they decided this.
“I’ve been here since I was 13 and it’s very difficult. I want to include other moves and positions that I did not perform from the other position. It’s the main reason for my decision.’
He added: ‘For me it has been the most difficult decision of my life and I have been advised by many people.
“It’s a shame I can’t say goodbye to the fans. If I had known that last was the last day, I would have done something else, approach them and show them how I feel. Presumably I stayed that day, three days ago (against Villarreal) and yesterday it was also (the plan) that I stayed. It’s all (changed) today.’