Saul Niguez was left puzzled by Atletico Madrid’s decision to loan him to Chelsea on the final day of the summer transfer window. The Spaniard will spend the rest of the campaign at Stamford Bridge despite playing a key role in Atletico’s march to the La Liga title last season, writes the Express.
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 on bringing in a new midfielder to provide cover for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic this season.
The 47-year-old’s prayers were answered at the eleventh hour with the last-gasp addition of Saul, who has already trained with his new team-mates at Cobham.
He will offer experience and all-round ability in the middle of the park as Chelsea go in search of a renewed Premier League title challenge over the coming weeks and months.
However, it seems as though Saul has plenty of regrets over the way his Atletico exit came about.
He has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at the club’s hierarchy by questioning their preference for an initial loan move before going on to claim that he was denied a proper send-off.
“A player of my name and going out on loan is a gamble,” Saul told IbaiLlanos on Twitch. “It doesn’t make any sense, honestly.
“It’s an investment in me. It’s a gamble to get back to being me. These last three seasons have not been easy for my family and me.
“The pity is that I have not been able to say goodbye to the red and white fans, explaining my version of how I feel and how I have felt.”