Saul admits he didn’t think his move to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid would ever be made official
Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez points to David de Gea’s failed transfer to Real Madrid due to a faulty fax machine in 2015 after having to wait until the last minute to be loaned out to Chelsea.
Chelsea completed Saul’s transfer just two minutes before the summer transfer window closed on Tuesday (31/8) evening local time, with the 26-year-old on loan. The Blues throughout the 2021/22 season.
Saul confirmed Atletico delivered the final contract at the last minute, reminding him of the Manchester United goalkeeper who canceled his trip to the Santiago Bernabeu six years ago due to an engine failure.
“At 23:57 we finished reviewing his contract and they have to see … I’m like De Gea,” the midfielder said via Twitch after officially to Chelsea.
“I used to think: ‘This isn’t going to work.’ It’s been a long afternoon and a long night. My wife is very nervous, we are facing complicated days because this decision is not easy.”
“Leaving my home to go on a new adventure is tricky.”
Saul continues with what the goalkeeper’s role is The Blues and his compatriot, Kepa Arrizabalaga, in helping him decide to go to Stamford Bridge.
“It’s important that he be there,” Saul said of Kepa. “It’s an important step. If he wasn’t there, it would have been different.”
“On loan for a year and having team-mates while still at the youth national team level was very important.”
Chelsea also have the option of signing Saul for £30m next year and the Atletico midfielder is open to extending his stay in west London if his debut season is good.
“Now all I can think about is going to England, keeping fit and feeling happy again,” added Saul. “Who knows, maybe my time there will be so good that I don’t want to go back [ke Atletico]? Now I don’t want to promise anything. I just want to focus on what’s in front of me.”
“They are European champions. That is very positive for me. My parents couldn’t believe it. They are Atletico fans! This is a great opportunity for me.”