Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been told how to keep Saul Niguez happy. It comes after the Spaniard left Atletico Madrid on loan for the season.
Atletico’s club president Enrique Cerezo has told Tuchel how he can avoid annoying Saul after the midfielder joined on loan.
The Spain international was offered to a number of Premier League teams including Manchester United and Liverpool.
But it was the Blues to snap up the 26-year-old, who has signed for an initial loan fee of £3million with an option to buy for around £30m.
It has not been a brilliant couple of years for the midfielder, though, who fell out of form under Diego Simeone last year.
That is despite still being seen as a key member of the squad after he made 33 appearances in a La Liga winning season.
Nevertheless, Saul was regularly shunted around the side and was even deployed as a wing-back – a potential reason why Tuchel was keen to snap him up.
The German tried to sign players in the same position including Achraf Hakimi and Adama Traore but nothing transpired.
However, Cerezo has told Tuchel not to risk alienating Saul by using him as a wing-back.
“Saul was not very satisfied in the position in which he was playing and has decided to leave,” he said. “Wherever he goes he will be a great player and much loved by Atletico de Madrid.”
Chelsea had a good summer after signing Saul and Romelu Lukaku while also offloading several fringe players.
And Gary Neville believes they can go on to win the Premier League under Tcuhel’s guidance, following their Champions League glory last season.
“Saul is just another excellent player,” Neville said. “He’s got massive experience at the top of La Liga, massive experience in the Champions League and at international level.
“That’s Chelsea’s model and you look at what they’ve done in the transfer window, it’s been another exemplary performance from them.”