Report: How Chelsea are now feeling about signing Saul permanently after his display last night

Chelsea are reportedly yet to change their minds on the future of Saul Niguez, despite the fact he massively impressed in last night’s victory against Tottenham.

Saul, who’s divided opinion during his first few months as a Chelsea player, has needed time adjusting to his first taste of English football. He joined on a season-long loan in the summer from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and a very shaky start has meant his game time has been limited.

The 27-year-old central midfielder did start on Wednesday evening, though, during a 2-0 win for the Blues over Spurs in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final tie.

He was excellent in the centre of the park, even manager Thomas Tuchel commented post-match about his improvement in training.

However, The Athletic reports today that Chelsea still don’t have plans to sign Saul on a permanent basis.

It is understood Tuchel’s side have a clause in Saul’s loan deal that means they can sign him permanently for £30million in the summer, something that’s not in their sights at present.

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Chelsea don’t need Saul

If Saul somehow breaks into the best Chelsea XI from now until the end of the season, perhaps they should reconsider a £30million option to buy from Atletico. In fairness, that doesn’t look likely right now.

The Spanish midfielder is beginning to find is confidence and it’s great that Tuchel can now rotate him a bit more.

He’s played 12 games across all competitions this season, but is obviously behind quality teammates N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in the pecking order.

Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher is a ready-made midfielder replacement for Saul next season when he returns from Crystal Palace, and there is every chance he increase competition in the squad.

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