'I’ve spoken to his people': Journalist shares what he's been told about the future of Chelsea player
Matt Law from the Telegraph revealed part of the conversation he had with the representatives of Saul Niguez regarding his Chelsea career.
Speaking on the London is Blue podcast, Law explained that Saul’s council do not intend to move on their client in the upcoming transfer window.
There have been reports circulating recently suggesting that Chelsea have plans of cutting the Spaniard’s loan spell short after the New Year.
The 26-year-old has struggled since the deadline day switch from Atletico Madrid.
Things have gone downhill after his torrid Premier League debut against Aston Villa almost two months ago to the day.
Since that unfortunate afternoon at Stamford Bridge, Saul has started just two more matches, both in the Carabao Cup.
If it weren’t for this particular competition, the midfielder would have only another 27 minutes of action under his belt.
The Spanish international is now below former outcast Ross Barkley in the pecking order, although his future also remains in doubt.
Loyal to the Blues
However, despite Saul’s uncertain situation, Law clarified that those closest to the player did not think a January trade was on the cards.
“There’s two points to make in terms of January with Saul,” said the journalist closely associated with Chelsea.
“One, and the most important point, I’ve spoken to his people this week and they absolutely assure me there’s no thought process on his side of wanting to cut it short.
“And I certainly haven’t had anyone at Chelsea tell me they want to cut it short.
“But secondly, and this is less important because of the second point, even if someone did decide to cut it short from Saul’s point of view or Chelsea’s point of view, I don’t think Atletico would have taken him back because they signed (Antonine) Griezmann with the money they saved on his wages.”
What next for Saul?
So, Saul wants to stay, but is this really the best option?
According to his brothers, sticking around in South West London is a must.
“He requires time and adaptation and is in the ideal place to evolve, continue to grow and regain his sporting level,” insisted Jony Niguez.
It appears the Atletico loanee has every ambition of committing to keeping his Chelsea place.
According to the Telegraph, Saul intends to work intensively with Thomas Tuchel over the international break to win over the manager.
A tall task awaits the Spain international, but it’s encouraging to hear he is ready for the fight.