Saul Niguez is Chelsea’s new No 17, following within the footsteps of Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah, who beforehand wore that quantity.
The midfielder’s mortgage transfer from Atletico Madrid to the Blues went right down to the wire on switch deadline day, with the deal virtually collapsing at 11.57pm. The membership have the choice to make the transfer everlasting for £34million on the finish of the season.
However the 26-year-old accomplished his change to Stamford Bridge in time, with the membership revealing he’ll put on the No 17 shirt, which he wore throughout his first two seasons at Atletico.
Saul Niguez will put on the No 17 shirt for Chelsea this season after becoming a member of the membership on mortgage
After touchdown in England, Saul posed for images on the membership’s coaching floor in Cobham
In his first interview along with his new membership, Saul outlined his pleasure at getting the prospect to play within the Premier League.
‘I’ve spent 15 years at Atletico Madrid, it’s my dwelling. After which, when the chance to hitch Chelsea got here up, I couldn’t flip it down,’ he outdated Chelsea’s official web site.
‘The final day of the switch window was loopy however in the long run I may come right here, as all of us had been hoping, so I’ve to grab this opportunity.
‘Since I used to be a toddler, I all the time had two targets – to make historical past at Atletico Madrid and to play within the Premier League, not solely due to the league itself but in addition for its tradition and the language.’
Saul joins fellow Spaniards Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kepa Arrizabalaga and the midfielder says having others who converse his native language might be a giant assist.
In his first interview along with his new membership, Saul outlined his pleasure at getting the prospect to play within the Premier League
Saul Niguez and Kepa (backside left) are pictured along with the Spanish nationwide group
‘It’s actually essential. Having Azpilicueta, Marcos and Kepa, particularly Kepa, who has shared a room with me since we began taking part in for the Spanish nationwide youth group.
‘However I already informed Kepa to talk to me in English as a result of I must study and get used to it. I don’t wish to converse in Spanish with them. He may also help me, however I’ll attempt to converse to him in English as a lot as I can, until I’m actually struggling.
‘The language is a giant problem for me and I wish to study it as quickly as potential so as to have the ability to talk with my team-mates merely and comfortably.
‘At Atletico I used to talk with [Kieran] Trippier however my English isn’t ok. I don’t even dare to do interviews in English!’
Chelsea followers are more likely to see Saul in motion for the primary time when the Blues host Aston Villa on September 11, after the worldwide break.
Moments after Saul’s transfer to Chelsea had been confirmed, the midfielder revealed a conflict with Atletico boss Diego Simeone pressured him out of the membership following his transfer to the Premier League.
Saul went on Twitch with streamer Ibai Llanos after sealing a mortgage change to Chelsea
Saul revealed a conflict with Atletico boss Diego Simeone (left) pressured him out of the membership
Saul appeared on Twitch with outstanding Spanish streamer Ibai Llanos, who has a detailed relationship with many high footballers, together with Lionel Messi. He spoke to Saul about transferring to England, leaving his household behind, not figuring out the language and the affect of Spaniards in Chelsea’s dressing room.
‘I spoke with (Diego) Simeone,’ he defined. ‘I’ve been taking part in in several positions for 3 seasons.
‘I owe every part to Diego and he have to be egocentric and consider the group.
‘I noticed myself caught ready that was not mine. Chelsea’s choice was to get out of the consolation zone, a problem.
‘Chelsea has promised me to coach in my place – to play we’ll see.’