Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed the main reason why he pushed for the signing of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid.
According to Tuchel, he pushed for the signing of Saul because he was worried about going into the season with just three central midfielders.
Tuchel said: “As you know, we agreed for Billy Gilmour to go to Norwich to have more minutes at the highest level, he was our fourth midfielder last season.
“Now with the Covid situation and the Euro and Copa America, I personally was a bit concerned to go into the season with only Jorginho, N’Golo and Mateo [Kovacic].
“Not because of a lack of quality or character; I’m the happiest coach I can be to have these three guys. But it’s a bit unpredictable, we have a Club World Cup to play in December and nobody knows exactly how many games there are to come.
“Normally two of those three guys always play, so once you have one injured or suspended you already are in danger of overloading the players.
“We were looking, not desperately, but we were looking for alternatives. Saul has been on the radar for Chelsea for many years.
“I’ve known the player for many years and I fought at other clubs for him but it wasn’t possible. So when the situation was that we could have a loan, we were excited about it.”