Thomas Tuchel ‘did not request the signing of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid’, with a new report in Spain claiming the Premier League side landed the midfielder as a ‘favour’ to his agent
- Thomas Tuchel did not request the signing of Saul Niguez, according to reports
- Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claim the Chelsea boss didn’t want the star
- Saul has barely featured after joining on a £4m loan deal, with an option to buy
- It has been suggested that Chelsea signed him as a favour to his representatives
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel did not request the signing of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid in the summer, according to a new report.
The Blues completed a deadline day swoop for the Atletico Madrid midfielder, signing him on loan with an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
But it has now been claimed that Chelsea signed the 26-year-old for a £4million fee as a ‘favour’ to his representatives.
Thomas Tuchel did not request the signing of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid in the summer
According to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Chelsea were not planning on bringing Saul in during the summer transfer window but agreed to sign him late on in order to keep his agents happy.
At the time of signing Saul, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘We welcome Saul to the Club and believe he completes our squad as we compete for honours in five different competitions this season.
‘He is a proven winner, a player with huge experience and we know he will be very well-suited to the challenges that face us on all fronts in the coming year.’
Chelsea declined to comment on Cadena Ser’s report when contacted by Sportsmail.
The Blues completed a deadline day loan swoop for the Atletico Madrid midfielder
Tuchel embraces Saul after a Champions League clash with Malmo at Stamford Bridge
Saul has failed to make an impact since moving to Chelsea,having only featured five times for Tuchel’s side since making his debut against Aston Villa on September 11.
He was hooked at half-time during that encounter and didn’t feature in their next five Premier League outings before making a short cameo in a 3-0 win at Newcastle on October 30.
Speaking after the game, Tuchel said he was encouraged by Saul’s display but admitted he has concerns over the midfielder’s ability to cope with the intensity of the game.
Saul has failed to make an impact since moving to Chelsea on loan from Atletico last summer
‘Was a good match, a huge step in the right direction for him. I am happy,’ said the Chelsea manager.
‘We thought maybe he would be struggling with the intensity at the 70th minute but he got better and better, had chances and shots.
‘We thought let’s keep him and give him the minutes. It was a good step for him.’
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