'Has promised me': Saul shares what Chelsea have guaranteed him following loan move

Saul Niguez explained that Chelsea made an oath ahead of his deadline day loan move to train him in his favourite position.

Speaking on Ibai’s Twitch channel last night, Saul was speaking openly for the first time following his last-minute switch to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea made a late dash to sign the Spaniard in the dying embers of the summer transfer barbeque.

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Just as the final flames were being extinguished, they managed to pour just enough fuel to get this deal done.

Saul signed on a season-long loan deal with the option of a permanent transfer away from Atletico come June time.

Playing in his best position

The 26-year-old has been a devoted servant to the La Liga champions all his life.

Yet, his loyalty reached a limit last term, as he was used mainly as a spare part by Diego Simeone.

He was forced to play in all manner of roles, a demand that continued into this campaign, where the midfielder has been deployed at left-wing back.

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Undeniably, his talents are best utilised centrally, which is how Chelsea assured they would use him.  

“Chelsea has promised me to train in my position, to play we will see,” admitted Saul.  

“To return to certain customs that I do not do now, that is the most important reason for my decision.”

Thomas Tuchel’s midfield is already one of the world’s most elite packages.

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With the addition of Saul, it’s arguably the finest ensemble on the planet.

It won’t be easy to knock N’Golo Kante, Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic from their perch.

But there will be prime opportunities for Saul to make his mark, especially if Kante’s injuries come to light again.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.