Chelsea’s new recruit Saul Niguez has revealed that it was a matter of minutes as to whether his deal to west London would go through or not on transfer deadline day.
Saul, 26, joined an elite trio of Blues midfielders on August 31 as his late season-long loan switch was confirmed after the initial 11pm deadline had passed.
football.london understands that there is a £30million option to buy the player outright in the deal after the initial loan period has ended.
Thomas Tuchel was the man behind driving and getting this deal done due to the ever-increasing worries surrounding N’Golo Kante’s long-term fitness for this season after the Frenchmen suffered yet again another injury against Liverpool in the last Premier League outing.
The 26-year-old has let his excitement known for the prospect of playing under the German Champions League winner for the rest of this new 2021/22 campaign.
“Very happy. Kepa [Arrizabalaga] always speaks really well about him,” Saul told Chelsea TV in his first interview with the club.
“His teams always deliver and get great results.
“I think it’s going to be a good thing for me, personally. I’m really nervous, I’m looking forward to training with my new teammates, despite the international break.
“I hope they are back soon. I’m looking forward to welcoming them, very excited.”
The Spanish international in a TWITCH interview prior to travelLing to London revealed just how tight the fine margins were between himself completing the loan move and it not being finalised before the deadline passed.
He explained: “At 11:57 p.m. we finished reviewing the contract and they had to see it there…I was like [David] De Gea. I thought: ‘This is not going to come in and that’s it.’ It has been a long afternoon and night.
“My wife was very nervous, we have had some very complicated days, because this decision is not easy. Leaving my house on a new adventure is complicated.
“Chelsea has promised me to train in my position, to play we will see. To return to certain customs that I do not do now, that is the most important reason for my decision.”
Thankfully for the west Londoners, the deal was finalised as Saul now prepares for a potential debut after the international break against Aston Villa on September 11.
For people who don’t know a lot about the versatile nature of the player, Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero has told Chelsea fans what to expect from their new recruit.
He said on Sky Sports: “He’s a typical number 10, number 8, he can play in the very last part of the area (up the pitch).
“He has a fabulous left foot and he’s scored many goals. With his dribbling, you can see the Atletico Madrid goal in the UEFA Champions League against Bayern Munich four years ago.
“And he’s a player that is very dangerous, and I guess the Premier League could be very good for him and he’s a [Thomas] Tuchel type of player for Chelsea and the way he likes to play football.”
Source by Football London