Thomas Tuchel outlines plans for Saul’s Chelsea future
Chelsea land Saul on deadline day
It took until deadline day for Chelsea to land their sought after midfield reinforcements, as they announced a loan move for Atletico Madrid outcast Saul Niguez for the 2021/22 season.
We’re delighted to welcome @saulniguez to the club on a season-long loan! ✍️#HolaSaul 🇪🇸
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 31, 2021
The deal at one point seemed close to collapse, with the paperworks only submitted with minutes to go, but in the end Thomas Tuchel got his man, and added the experienced 26 year old to his already star-studded squad.
In fact, Saul is in line for a potential Chelsea debut this weekend, as the Blues face Aston Villa, since N’golo Kante is out with an injury and both Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic were involved in international duty with Italy and Croatia respectively.
Tuchel on injuries: “Today was the first day with everyone back. Unfortunately, we have N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic out. They both got back injured. N’Golo more from the Liverpool game and we will try for Tuesday. Christian came back on crutches.” #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) September 10, 2021
Saul, meanwhile, was not called up by Spain, leaving him free to train in west London with his new side.
Tuchel discusses permanent move
Part of the loan move to take Saul from Spain’s capital to England’s was the agreement of an option to make the move permanent at the end of the campaign. As per the reliable Matt Law, this figure stands at around 30 million pounds.
Chelsea’s option to buy Saul Niguez set at about £30million – seems pretty cheap if they do ever opt to make the loan permanent. Just a case of the announcement now #cfc
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) August 31, 2021
And, speaking ahead of the clash with Villa, Tuchel spoke on the possibility of making the move permanent:
“We have the chance, which is good, and now it’s on us and the player, and we can get to know each other in detail and see if this is a good fit.”
He also revealed that Saul had been tracked by both him and the club for several years, and that he had come close to signing him at other clubs:
“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.”
It remains to be seen if the fit will be as seamless as Tuchel hopes it will be, but if it is, Saul could be a Chelsea player for several years.
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