‘I believe you will see a new Saul’: Chelsea new boy expects to improve after leaving Atletico Madrid as he admits he has stepped out of his ‘comfort zone’ by moving to the Premier League
- Midfielder Saul Niguez joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid late on deadline day
- Spaniard has admitted he is looking forward to returning to his usual position
- Saul says that is one of the main reasons for him moving to the Premier League
- He says he’s out of his ‘comfort zone’ but expects to see better version of himself
Chelsea’s latest arrival Saul Niguez has revealed how he expects to see a new and improved version of himself after stepping out of his ‘comfort zone’ to move to the Premier League.
The midfielder arrived on an initial loan deal from Atletico Madrid late on transfer deadline day, and is expected to compete with the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic for a spot in the centre of the pitch.
Despite being well aware of the talent in his position, Saul insists he is confident about making his mark at Stamford Bridge in the coming months.
Saul Niguez (right) is settling into life at Chelsea but admits he is out of his ‘comfort zone’
Spanish midfielder Saul completed his loan move to Chelsea very late on deadline day
‘The three midfielders who are playing are at a high level. It will not be easy to play, but if I put my mind to it and fight it, I can get it,’ Saul told Spanish internet celebrity Ibai Llanos in a conversation on Twitch.
‘Chelsea has promised me to train in my position [midfield], but to play we will see. To return to certain roles that I do not play in now – that is the most important reason for my decision.
‘This transfer is a step out of my comfort zone for me. I believe that you will see a new Saul in a new [better] place.’
Although now seemingly happy at his new place of work, it did look at one point as though the move would fall through with the deadline fast approaching.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has plenty of midfield options available to him this season
Saul admits his main reason for moving is to play in positions he wasn’t able to at Atletico
In the end, Saul’s move sparked a trio of late transfers, with Atletico Madrid re-signing Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona, and Luuk de Jong heading to the Nou Camp from Sevilla.
Saul admits that he feared the worst late on, telling Llanos: ‘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 home on a new adventure is complicated.’
Despite the complications, though, Saul is now settling in London, and is expected to be in the Blues squad for two home matches this week, against Aston Villa in the Premier League and Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.