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Chelsea signed up Saul Niguez on transfer deadline day, as the Atletico Madrid man joined Chelsea on a loan deal, with the Blues having the option to sign him permanently for a fee of £34m.
Saul Niguez transfer to Chelsea is one that wasn’t fought for, as the 26-year-old fought his way through to Chelsea all by himself.
Saul didn’t like the way he was being used by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, and sought to change clubs as Simeone didn’t agree to play him in his preferred position.
Chelsea have now been told that they have signed up a fiery midfielder who has his own will, and of course we saw that in Diego Costa, during his three at Stamford Bridge.
“I spoke with Simeone,” Saul told Spanish streamer Ibai Llanos on Twitch following his transfer to the Blues.
“I have been playing in different positions for three seasons.
“I asked Simeone and Miguel Angel [Gil, Atletico CEO] to train in my position. I understand that he refused and from there they decided this.
“I saw myself stuck in a position that was not mine. Chelsea have promised me to train in my position.
“Chelsea’s option was to get out of the comfort zone – a challenge.”
Explaining his decision further, Saul continued: “I want to take up other movements and positions that I did not perform from the other position,” Saul continued.
“It is the most important reason for my decision.
“For me it has been the most difficult decision of my life and I have been advised by many people.
“The idea is to compete and find myself – see the Saul that I want to see.
“I wasn’t able to show people what I was capable of. Not learning, not improving and not growing was frustrating. I think this decision can help me unblock myself.
“I owe everything to Diego and he must be selfish and think of the group.”