Chelsea secured the signing of Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid on the final day of the transfer window to bolster their midfield. The Spaniard international will compete for a place in Chelsea midfield with the likes of Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic.
Saul, who came through the academy at Atletico and spent 15 years with the club decided to move to Chelsea on loan after a fall out with Diego Simeone on his playing position. The Spaniard trained with some of his new teammates, and would be hoping to make his debut against Aston Villa next weekend.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website Saul expressed his happiness to be at Chelsea. The midfielder added “I am so happy to be here. It was a great opportunity for myself and for my career. I had to take the chance to be here at Chelsea so I’m very happy and very excited. I’m really looking forward to training and, most importantly, to start working with my coach.”
The Spaniard revealed it was tough for him to decide on the move, but couldn’t let the chance go when Chelsea came knocking. He added “I’ve spent 15 years at Atletico Madrid, it’s my home. And then, when the opportunity to join Chelsea came up, I couldn’t turn it down.”
“The last day of the transfer window was crazy but in the end I could come here, as we all were hoping, so I have to seize this chance. Since I was a child, I always had two goals – to make history at Atletico Madrid and to play in the Premier League, not only because of the league itself but also for its culture and the language.”
“The language is a big challenge for me and I want to learn it as soon as possible in order to be able to communicate with my team-mates simply and comfortably. At Atletico I used to speak with [Kieran] Trippier but my English isn’t good enough. I don’t even dare to do interviews in English!“
The Spaniard admitted having his international teammates – Azpilicueta, Alonso and Kepa around will help him settle quickly at Chelsea. The midfielder added “It’s really important. Having [Cesar] Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso] and Kepa, especially Kepa, who has shared a room with me since we started playing for the Spanish national youth team.”
“But I already told Kepa to speak to me in English because I need to learn and get used to it. I don’t want to speak in Spanish with them. He can help me, but I’ll try to speak to him in English as much as I can, unless I’m really struggling.”
Source: Chelsea FC